DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,940 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

hiking
1 day ago

We hiked to the top yesterday. Weather was clear and the views were amazing - smoke was just a light haze in the distance. The hike is strenuous - I do the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway hike every year and this felt just as hard, although we were moving at a pretty good pace and I haven't spent any time at altitude this year so the thin air probably hit me harder than I expected. The top third of the mountain is composed primarily of loose volcanic rocks, gravel and sand. When it's very dry (as it was yesterday) this mixture is surprisingly loose, and the descent in particular was a bit hairy with slips and trips. I highly recommend bringing poles for the descent, even if you don't like to use them to climb up.