Gallagher Head Ridge - 6.30.2017

We started at the north end of DeRoux Campground on the Boulder-DeRoux Trail... the trailhead directions link above this photo takes you to the turnoff for DeRoux Campground... take it and drive another quarter mile to the trailhead.
After hiking a mile or so you reach a junction with the DeRoux Spur Trail... but we continued on the Boulder DeRoux Trail and headed for Gallagher Head Lake.
After hiking ~4 miles, we are a short walk away from Gallagher Head Lake.
Gallagher Head Lake... with the north ridge of Esmeralda Peaks on the right.
We are hiking NW from the lake and heading uphill toward Gallagher Head Ridge... we can see Mount Stuart through the gap... with Ingalls Peak and Fortune Peak in the distance on the left.
BarbE ascending the east end of Gallagher Head Ridge.
tomman and BarbE on the east side of Gallagher Head Ridge... every step higher gives us a better look at the Stuart Range.
I'm heading for the two little bumps on the right... that will be my high point (6217') on the east side of Gallagher Head Ridge.
Nice view from my high point on the east side of Gallagher Head Ridge... tomman and BarbE have shrunk.
The north summit (far left) and west summit (center) of Esmeralda Peaks from Gallagher Head Ridge... with Gallagher Head Lake below... Koppen Mountain is on the far right.
I hiked back down to BarbE and tomman for this selfie... looking across Fortune Creek Pass on the left to Ingalls Peak and Fortune Peak... with the Stuart Range through the gap... and the north summit of Esmeralda Peaks on the right.
A selfie with Hawkins Thimbe above.
We got cliffed-out on the east side of Gallagher Head Ridge... so we decided to go down some and try the west side of the ridge.
BarbE nears a small saddle on the west side of Gallagher Head Ridge... the rock formation on the right turned out to be the high point (6447') on the ridge.
BarbE took this shot of me on the high point (6447')... a Class 2/3 scramble from the east side of the rock outcropping.
Looking east along Gallagher Head Ridge.
BarbE took this shot of me coming back down from the high point.
Looking north from the high point on Gallagher Head Ridge... Scatter Peaks in the right foreground... with the top of Harding Mountain in the distance on the far right... The Cradle is the distant twin peaks in the center of the photo... with the Paddy-Go-Easy Peaks, Sherpani Peak and the two summits of Granite Mountain on the left.
Heading back down to Gallagher Head Lake.
Back at the lake and looking up at the route we used to reach the west end of Gallagher Head Ridge... we have a four mile hike to get back to our car... the total trip was 11.1 miles roundtrip... gaining 2844 feet of elevation.