DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,421 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Even though this isn't the full blown scramble route, it was quite a test.
From the parking lot to the top and back its a total of 10.6 miles. It took us 5.5 hours including lunch and a lot of breaks here and there. We averaged about 27-28 minute miles, but were not trying to go quickly.The first few miles along the fire road are really nice as you are walking alongside a stream running over boulders. The fire road is a pleasant stroll.
Once you turn up to the saddle trail things get a lot tougher. It turns into a packed mud road. There are a number of log steps which can be hard on the knees. The grade is probably the steepest here. The next mile or so is probably the toughest part of this route. Once you get beyond that and into the rocks it actually gets a little easier. The scrambling is really just watching where you put your feet. We saw someone fall and twist their ankle. I almost took a fall myself. You don't need to actually pull yourself up or anything like that, just be careful and watch where you are going.
The view from the top is spectacular. Good cell phone coverage which is surprising. We texted some photos and made a call from the top. We took a lunch and enjoyed it on the open flat area at the top. Note that you come to a false peak about 500 feet bellow the actual peak and some people seemed confused by that.