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    Stephanie Cawley reviewed Ptarmigan Peak

    3 months ago

    I loved this trail. We went up via the Angler Trail and it was sort of steep but not terribly so in my opinion. And the views were amazing right from the start. This trail does pass through a lot of subdevelopment construction and by an electrical substation but once you clear the power lines about 50" into the hike, you leave that all behind. And that being said, the "unnatural" sights along the way weren't a buzz kill. Just know what to expect.
    When we go to the end of the Angler Trail, unfortunately we went right when we should have gone left. The map seemed to our party of 5 hikers to point us right so we did... wrong! We should have gone left. Fortunately we did employ the GPS function and it became apparent after a quarter of a mile that we were going down the mountain rather than up. In fact we then ran into another hiker who was also coming down the wrong trail so I don't think it was us being stupid. Someone needs to revamp the map in this app.
    Anyways we found our way back to the right trail and it was a short hike to the gorgeous outlook with a log bench perfect for a water and snack break enroute to the summit or a destination in and of itself for those looking for a half day hike (probably an hour and a half to get to it). Then the long slog to treeline but really a pleasant grade with good footing and great views. About 3 hours from the start we hit the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness sign at treeline (even saw a Ptarmigan bird just before this sign!). Then the long crossing of the open grassy meadows to the summit with expansive views in all directions. It took about an hour and 15" to get to the summit from there. There are a couple of false summits so don't get summit fever too early.
    The summit was cool and very windy but beautiful. It is marked by a large cairn and you turn right off the Ptarmigan Trail at the sign pointing straight to Ute Mountain. The sign doesn't indicate the right turn to the summit but it's pretty obvious as the large cairn is visible from that sign.
    This is a definite repeat! Very enjoyable with pretty wildflowers along the whole route, amazing views, gentle grade and good footing! Enjoy!

    Stephanie Cawley saved Ptarmigan Peak

    3 months ago

    Stephanie Cawley completed Ptarmigan Peak

    3 months ago