East Rampart isn't the farthest, the biggest, or the highest peak on the TNAB schedule. It doesn't even have a real name. It certainly doesn't have a trail.
What it has going for it, though, is a great view into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. And blueberries. Lots of blueberries. It's short, too. Just three miles round trip, but steep enough to get your heart pumping.
Treen loves this route because she gets to frolic through the brush, climb steep hills, and feel the wind blow in her ears. She also gets to eat blueberries off the bush.
I may have made the mistake of showing her how to pick her own treats on Alta Mountain a week prior. It was clearly not a good idea. Now she and I are in direct competition and she's quicker than I am.
She couldn't drink in all the views, though, so we shared those. We shared with Matt and Martin, too.
It was a quick descent to the lake across steep sidehills and the blueberry-filled gully. When we had to pause for a moment to locate a missing phone (it was just an Android, but leaving it would have been littering in the wilderness) Treen and I found the blueberry jackpot. They were sweet and banana-flavored and perfect. (Yes. Banana-flavored. For real, they're great.)
Next season I bet East Rampart will be later in the year. It's too short for a long day in July. We left before the sun set and that's a pity. The sunset would have been great from the summit. I guess we'll have to go back.