DISTANCE
11.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4763 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

snow

hiking
19 days ago

Snow is nearly all gone (opposed to the post from 3 weeks ago). Hike was great! There is some ‘ice’ but mostly snow past the ‘lake’ (pond? Large puddle?), but only for a short stretch. I did the hike in tennis shoes and got to the top just fine. Though if you know anything about this hike, the full trip is almost constant uphill, not for the faint of heart. With the little snow that’s left past the pond, we did get to slide down the snow for a quick descent, opposed to the occasional slippage on the way up at that point.
With a half hour spent at the top, and another 0.5-1 hour nap at the pond, it took us almost 8 hrs exactly to get to the top and back, and we weren’t going a slow pace on the way up. It was around 4 hrs to get to the top (including my first longer nap I took at the pond), but we took our time at the top and had a normal distracted person pace (absorbing the environment) on our way down.