Although a faint use trail now covers much of the route, it is still a wild and solitary backcountry experience. Any mishaps high on the ridge, which involves some class 2-3 scrambling, could lead to a long night out.
For more detailed information on Leatherneck Ridge, see my first trip report on the route.
The ramparts between the lower and upper tram stations
Patrick ascending Hawk Ridge below Leatherneck Ridge proper
Leatherneck Ridge proper. The route leads to the line of trees up there and then much, much further.
Taking a break in the cool breezes amid the conifers. The sunlight and breezes were having a nice Van Gogh effect on the grass.
Heading up through the conifers
Patrick leading the way
The spectacular Northeast Face of Miller Peak
Patrick about to begin the ups and downs. This is where things get challenging.
At this point, I was beginning to feel a little worn out and started hallucinating. I even thought I saw a fire-breathing dragon.
Looking back down the undulating ridge
Looking down toward the isthmus between Snow Creek and Falls Creek
Patrick was fired up to be done ascending the ridge. From the aptly named "Shangri La", it's an easy stroll to the upper tram station.