Leader: W.R.C. Shedenhelm
Bare is usually done as an easy up-and-down the firebreak hike, so we scouted it as a longer approach along a many-humped 6000' ridge which serpentines to Bare from Alder Saddle to the south. A firebreak and useage trail climb northwest from the Saddle to Peak 6178' at the south end of the ridge. This was scheduled as a write-for-instructions hike, and only one member did; two guests gave us a easily manageable party of four. Due to icy and muddy roads from Hillyer Trail road on, due to heavy rains the week-end before, we took only the 4WD Dodge Power Wagon to Alder. This negated a car shuttle back from Pinyon Flats for the leader, who walked up the muddy Little Rock Creek road to fetch the Power Wagon to retrieve the walking wounded back down at Pinyon Flats.
Lesson: Don't plan dirt road trips during the rainy season without enough 4WD vehicles to carry everyone in and out.