Tower SW Ridge (1,000 m elev. gain)

Tower SW Ridge

View back down to Rummel Lake from a high point on The Tower SW ridge in mid-August.

Tower SW Ridge

Smoky view to west of Mt. Shark and Spray Lakes Reservoir.

Tower SW Ridge

Summit of The Tower deceptively just an easy scramble away, except for a hidden 10 m overhang. Kona’s “grandad” tried this route on Oct 8, 1988 and had to make a 600m+ elevation loss / regain, so obviously not the recommended route unless equipped for a short rappel. Left a register with an airline bottle of Kaluha for the next visitor as it appeared rarely visited. Before month’s end Rick Collier called to say thanks!

Tower NW Ridge

Mt. Smuts and The Fist across the valley. Tent Ridge high point at right.

Tower NW Ridge

Butterfly on Moss Campion.

Tower SW Ridge

Fireweed alongside the descent scree slope, Commonwealth Ridge, Commonwealth Peak, Pig’s Tail and Mt. Birdwood behind.

Tower SW Ridge

Lots of pollinators out today.

Tower SW Ridge

Roseroot (maybe) on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Silky Scorpionweed on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Silky Scorpionweed (purple), Umbrella Plant / Wild Buckwheat (white / pink), and Alpine Forget-Me-Not (blue) on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Some type of Saxifrage (Spotted maybe) on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Common Stonecrop on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Mountain Meadow Cinquefoil (maybe) on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Alpine Forget-Me-Not and Long-stalked Starwort on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Long-stalked Starwort (maybe) on scree slopes

Tower SW Ridge

Fringed Grass of Parnassus on trail to Rummel Lake.

Tower SW Ridge

Pearly Everlasting on trail to Rummel Lake.

Tower SW Ridge

Common Yarrow on trail to Rummel Lake.

Tower SW Ridge

Nodding Campion / Apetalous Catchfly in seed on scree slopes.

Tower SW Ridge

Woolly Fleabane (maybe) on scree slopes.

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