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We did it on October 19th 2018, there was snow on the trail so we had to use spikes. Since it was my first high altitude hike did the telescope peak in death valley day before to get acclimated. Trail is beautiful but you won't have lot of time to enjoy the views if u want to finish the hike on time. Started hike at 3:30am summited around 1 PM and finished it around 8:30pm. I carried 4 litter of water but hardly used 2 liters since I don't drink that much water on my hikes but would recommend carrying 4 liters. One of hiker from our team ran out of water ended up headind back since he couldn't find water on the trail.

Very challenging hike but the view at the top is worth it.

hey Sean, you didn't mess up on the recording, that's where u slid down the peak after that ice ledge gave out.. 1 mile airtime lol

Pretty steep with lot of switchbacks but it's cool to be on the top of Texas! Took us about 6 hours. Can be very windy on the top!

This was alot of fun and a bit challenging.

Nice views. Took me 2.5 hours up, but I go at a fast pace when I'm by myself and without an overnight pack.

Not good trail at all. why am I even saying trail like this is not even like a trail.the only reason you should go is to see the highest point in r.i.not worth it at all.no parking spot.you need to cross the road to get there.theres good markings thow. But still not good trail.

Do not go here for the trail. Only reason to go is to see the highest point in R.I. marker. No parking. Be careful pulling over and getting to to trail. Well groomed trail and good marking.

hiked it on August 3rd, 2018. Was beautiful. I recommend hiking to the fire tower then to little devil's tower trail where you can see the fire tower

hiking
12 days ago

Challenging on the way up and much steeper than anticipated. Took Helon Taylor up to Pamola Peak and then down/up the Chimney, which was much more intimidating for me than the knife. Crowds bottle necked at Pamola and took a while to cross the Chimney, but was expected. The knife was awesome and worth the climb up 100 fold. The trip down was pretty brutal on the feet and poles may have helped a bit. Overall, one of my favorites and definitely one of the most challenging in New England. 12 hours is about what it took me and I'm in average shape. One of the best hikes E of the Mississippi without question.

Amazing view. My friend and I did it in about 5 1/2 hours without any training whatsoever, so it’s doable. Very windy though.

One of Texas’ great hikes. Not as difficult as listed, moderate and can be completed in 4-5 hours

me and my friend camped at big bend for 5 days then on the way back came here just for the purpose of reaching the highest elevation in texas. we were running short on time and were able to go up to the top and back in only 3 hours.

This a great, local, high altitude, hike to train on if you are going to be doing other hikes like the Inca Trail. I credit this hike for making us very well prepared for our trip. I am a little late with a review as snow has already begun to accumulate but in early October the trail was mostly clear. Hard to follow at the beginning through the ski resort and construction. Just look for the signage. Above the treeline it is incredibly windy (like have to hunker down at times windy) and cold. I recommend a very warm jacket / windbreaker, warm gloves and a hat. It is hard to appreciate the amazing view from the top if you are freezing. Take the time to go see Williams Lake if you can. We had lunch there and it was beautiful.

hiking
14 days ago

My brother and I did this hike back in August this year. The weather was great, not hot or cold, but it had rained the day before so it was a little muddy, and was very windy with strong gusts once we cleared the trees on Helon Taylor going up to Pamola Peak. Like others have mentioned, getting onto Knife Edge from Pamola was daunting to say the least. We both wore bouldering gloves which really helped when crossing Knife Edge. Be aware there is a scree when coming down from Baxter Peak to Saddle and can be slippery. We took Saddle down to Chimney Pond, which we hadn’t been aware is also another rock scramble in a dry wash - so be prepared. Eventually the dry wash turns into more of a trail. From there it’s an additional 3.5 miles to the trailhead. We made it back a few hours after dark, but had headlamps and trekking poles. What’s nice: there are painted blue trail guides so generally speaking the trail is easy to stick to.

Definitely was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting but the feeling of accomplishment can’t be beat! We had plenty of snacks and water and finished them all so make sure you bring plenty along. Our mistake was not stashing any food in the car to eat once back - there’s a “24/7” McDonald’s in Millinocket that we were hungry enough to eat, but was closed when we drove past and nothing else is open in that area after dark seems like, not even convenience stores.

Anyway - gotta say that this was a pretty great hike but not sure I’d do it again, but that’s not to deter anyone who wants to give it a shot! For me, it was a bucket list item and it feels good knowing I did it.

Beautiful hike. Hiked it in the snow. Enjoyed every second. Well marked trail, a few uphill battles but pretty easy hike. I was lucky enough to have a clear day so the views were spectacular. some of the spots you have some branches in the way of the view but overall I have 0 complaints.

Snowshoed the North trail on 11-18-18. The road is deep with snow and chains are recommended to get to trailhead. We drove a Toyota 4Runner with big tires and made it, but our friends Subaru wouldn’t have made it without the chains. We had to pull three other cars out that were stuck.
We used snowshoes almost the entire way. Top is icy. Yaks trax needed. We got married on top with the most beautiful views of the surrounding ranges. Round trip in 6.5 hours.

This is a great day-hike trail. If you don't want to finish it in one day, then you can stay at the peak campground. The park says it is strenous. But it is great for kids too. It is also very windy in winter.

walking
18 days ago

Beautiful views & well marked trails.

on Humphrey's Peak

18 days ago

Easy day. The saddle was the worse part.

Ps. You’ll need micro spikes in the winter months if you don’t want to fall.

Beautiful views and ecology not typical to the rest of Texas await you on this well-maintained trail. Due to weather/terrain typical of mountain hikes, this hike can be brutal, so take this one seriously.

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked on 11/11/18. Microspikes are a necessity. Not an overly difficult trail, but there were substantial sections of packed snow/ice before and after the saddle. Ran into a few college kids in cotton hoodies at about 10,500' who had already taken quite the tumble down the hillside and were turning back. Wind was ~45mph at the summit (forecast) and cold - maybe 15°F or less. I managed to keep my hydration pack line from freezing until about the saddle with frequent sips, but after the saddle it promptly froze. I brought a bottle as well; you should too.

I flew in from an elevation of 900' the day before, and spent the night in Flagstaff. After 11,000', my pace slowed drastically as I huffed and puffed for air. Expect to slow down a lot if you're not used to the elevation. There are a few false peaks, so don't get your hopes up. The views at the summit are definitely worth it. Very glad I went. Started at 9am, reached the summit at 2pm, and finished about 20 minutes before sunset at 5:30 pm.

Wow. Did this a while back. Stayed the night at the trail head to acclimate, hit the trail the next morning. Setup camp at 10k feet or so and had terrible elevation sickness. Migraine from 3pm till the end of the next day (bottom of the mountain). Day 2 we hiked from 10k to summit and then all the way down. Though it was the worst hike ever, it was one of the best hikes ever! With so little light pollution, the stars at night are freaking amazing!

Walking in the clouds was unforgettable!

Did the peak in mid October got pinned down at the top by High Winds and freezing rain! Be sure to get an early start and make it back to camp before dark! We barely made it back down before dark but a very beautiful climb!

On 11/17/2018 (7am) l hiked to the summit. For being mid-november, it was an awesome weather day! There was very little to no wind at the Summit plus it was t-shirt weather. My guess it was a weather fluke (the mountain weather report had predicted strong winds and 8 degree windchill factor at The Summit)

My advice is to bring crampons, they will be needed! If not, wear ice hockey protection and tie a pillow to your butt haha! but seriously, the ice in the last couple miles is treacherous and the last mile has a lot of snow, ice, Scree and Talus. Yaktraxs are okay but I recommend Kahtoola Microspikes. They gave me excellent traction on the ice and also on the occasional rocky, dirt with roots - spots. They cost $52+tax at REI and were worth it! Especially going downhill, where most butthurt occurs haha.

Beautiful, only able to get to Williams lake due to heavy snow in the past month. Trail is easy to follow and packed down good to the lake (very popular hike) I tried going up to wheeler but it’s still soft and deep snow. Not many people summiting anymore. A hiker coming down informed me the trail disappears after timberline so it looks like next year will be my summiting chance.

I did this with two friends on October 26, 2018. We are all in our mid thirties. It was a bluebird day with not a cloud in the sky, and I think it was probably averaged around 40-45 degrees for the entire day. The summit was above freezing for sure when we summited at noon.

Timing:
We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Lone Pine the night before and the night after the hike. We got on the trail at 3 a.m. and summited right around noon. We started our decent at 1 p.m. and got back to the trailhead at 8 p.m. So that’s 9 hours up and 7 hours down.

Dealing with Altitude:
I live in Salt Lake City, so I have access to some elevation and did a bunch of training hikes to 11,000 feet on the weekends to get used to the altitude. The two other guys live at sea level but did their best to hike as much as they could before our attempt. We all ended up getting prescriptions for acetazolamide and starting cycling on that and 400-600 milligrams of ibuprofen every six hours starting about 12 hours before we started out. For two of us, we really had no symptoms of altitude sickness beyond very mild headaches at the top. The other guy got a pretty decent headache that subsided during our decent.

Food:
I think we all ate much less food than I thought we would. I ate two sleeves of Clif Bar Shot Bloks and took a caffeine pill on the way up (which might have contributed to an upset stomach). And I also ate 4-5 Clif Bars, some beef jerky, a pretty good-sized bag of gummy bears, and some nuts. I brought I peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I never even ate, but the other two guys ate their PB & J at the summit.

Water:
I brought four liters of liquid with me. Three liters of water and one liter of Gatorade. My doctor told me to drink a sports drink with the acetazolamide. I ended up drinking 2 liters of the water and the Gatorade and gave the rest of the water to my hiking buddies on the way down. We actually got back to the parking lot with nothing to drink between us all, which is probably not the smartest play. I did bring a filter with me though just in case things got real out there.

Gear:
We all used adjustable hiking poles. We have backup batteries for our headlamps since a good amount of the hike was in the dark. Sun lotion. I had a wide-brimmed hat for the sun. I had four layers on the top and three on my legs and was overdressed for most of the day. I was prepared for the day to be 10 degrees colder than it was. We all had microspikes, but I think I was the only one who used them.

Overall:
The 99 switchbacks might get you down, but once you top out after those, you are pretty golden. That where the trail gets super interesting and the views are ridiculous. The only thing I might do different if I did this again was to try to move a bit faster to get down before dark since spirits were running low for the last couple miles of the decent. Reach out to me if you have any questions about the hike. I’d be happy to talk about it.

If you can break this up into two days do it. We day hiked it, left at 2am and back by 6pm. Super long day. Camped at Alabama Hills on the way out.

hiking
26 days ago

It’s an amazing hike. I could have hiked this in five hours flat easy !!!! Unfortunately ran into a bunch of ice pass the tree-line which slowed me up considerably. Bring crampons if you decide to hike this in the winter. I busted my ass a dozen times lol. Bring ample amount of water at least 2.5 liters.
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