Challenging hike ! We are fairly inexperienced hikers. Very steep at some points. Steady incline all the way to the top. The views were 100% worth it though. Push yourself to go all the way to the tippy top of the mountain ! We hung out for an hour or so up there just to take in the views. Going down was more difficult than going up we found. That steep steady decline is felt in your knees big time. Would do it again.
We actually hiked to Michelle Lakes from Owen Creek and camped there. Then we headed to Pinto Lake from there, camped again. And left through Sunset Pass the next day. BEAUTIFUL. Do it.
It was a beautiful but hard hike.. Did it with a big group from work, and we found that at the summit we had to set up fixed lines because it was to dangerous to free climb.. The hike is dangerous once you get past half, because the trail turns to shale and it's hard to have a good footing, and a lot of loose rocks are dislodged. It took my group of 44 guys 3 1/2 hours to get to the very top
After entering the trail head marked "not a designated trail" to the north of the waste transfer site parking lot and strolling through all of the accompanying debris along the path...
We were pleasantly placed in a beautiful wooded hike up the hill : )
As the trees started to thin out, the mountain really started to show its vertical presence. Stoping to take a breath we looked back, seeing the highway below we were amazed how far we had trekked as well as the dramatic change in the view that accompanied it. We then continued on and after climbing up for an hour, we stopped on the second large rock face to enjoy the majestic view of Abraham lake and Mount Michener.
Starting around 4 in the afternoon we anticipated not going all the way to the top. With a campfire waiting to be lit and food to be cooked back at camp we decided to head back.
The view on the way down the mountain face was spectacular. Small trees called out to have their picture taken.
Suddenly during our decent there was a very load roar coming from behind us which turned out to be three birds soaring down the side of the mountain overhead like a fighter jet team.
We walked leisurely through the woods back to the parking lot and once we hit the flat ground our legs went to jello : )
It was a truly amazing hike, which we cant wait to finish someday!!