Trip date: July 05, 2020
A couple years ago I did an on-trail loop around Windy Peak in the Lost Creek Wilderness (LCW). There are no bad trips to LCW but that one always felt a bit bland in comparison to my first trip there and to my off-trail Goose Creek loop.
This time I decided to do a largely off-trail day hike to windy peak from the same trailhead (Rolling Creek TH).
Caltopo map here: https://caltopo.com/m/7PUF
In my 2019 Year in Review I discussed my affection for the forests in LCW. When I left the trail to start ascend the eastern slopes of Windy Peak I remembered why I liked this area so much:
After regaining the summit ridge the clouds got ominous again but it seemed like it would blow over quickly.
After exiting the park, I got into a really spectacular forested section. Lots of signs of wildlife and really big, beautiful trees. This part was actually my favorite part of the whole hike. The route finding was more complex and there were constant small surprises.