|Winston Ridge from the Backside of Winston Peak|
Winston Ridge is one of those ridges. It and it's namesake peak are named for Pasadena businessman L.C. Winston who, in 1893, got lost in a blizzard here and froze to death. His remains were apparently found in 1900 along what is now known as Winston Ridge.
Saturday I explored some of this ridge which skirts the transition zone from forest to high desert. My route took me from Cloudburst Summit up the well worn use trail to Winston Peak, down the northeast side, around the west side of Pt. 6903, up onto the ridgeline, and out to Pt. 6850. Although I saw no one during my time out, this route obviously sees regular traffic. The use path to the summit of Winston Peak and back down to the saddle south of Pt. 6903 is very well trod - almost an established trail. The same holds true for the use trail from the saddle to Winston Ridge and out to Pt. 7003. Beyond Pt. 7003 and out to Pt. 6850, the use trail is less traveled, but still obvious and easy to follow. Continuing northwest from Pt. 6850, the path peters out considerably, the terrain steepens, and things get a bit more wild.
I found no benchmark or register atop Winston Peak. I also found no benchmarks along Winston Ridge, but I did locate the register at Pt. 7003 and dutifully logged in. Based upon the register entries, Pt. 7003 sees sporadic, but continuous visitors.
This is a short trip so I lingered a bit at Pt. 6850 enjoying the scenery and the solitude. On the return, I contoured around the north side of Pt. 6903 and then followed the Pacific Crest Trail back to Cloudburst. This gave me some variety on my way out and allowed me to avoid the steep and loose use path back to the summit of Winston Peak.
|View Toward Mt. Pacifico from Winston Peak|
|Looking North from Winston Peak Toward the Pleasant View Ridge|
|Phos-Chek on the Pleasant View Ridge|
|The Winston Ridge as seen from Winston Peak|
|View Into Little Rock Creek Canyon from Winston Peak|
|Squaw Canyon from the Back Side of Pt. 6903|
|Pleasant View Ridge - Another View|
|Winston Peak from the Winston Ridge|
|Looking Into the Little Rock Creek Drainage from the Winston Ridge|
|The High Desert from Winston Ridge - Pt. 6306 in the Foreground|
|Typical Conditions Along the Winston Ridge|
|Pt. 6850 from Near Pt. 7003|
|Looking South Toward the Front Country from Winston Ridge|
|Witness Post on the East Side of Pt. 6850|
|Witness Post AAW-26|
|Looking Back at Pt. 7003 from Pt. 6850|
|Looking Northwest from Pt. 6850 - Pt. 6235 in the Foreground|
|View West toward Mt. Pacifico from Pt. 6850|