DISTANCE
12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,347 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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9 months ago

Went up on Sunday, October 15. Sun was in the forecast and wanted to take advantage of what may be one of the last chances this year for a snowless hike. Got to the locked gate and grabbed my bike and made it the 2.5 miles to the trailhead. The logging road leads just about to the start of the trail. There are a couple of small cairns that mark where to turn off the logging road to pick up the trail. The trail starts just to the right of the sign and switchbacks up for a little while through a recovering clear cut. You enter a forested area for a bit and come out to a fresh clear cut that cuts across the ridge and you gain a little and drop down into the saddle before coming to the ridge where you enter The Brothers Wilderness. The trail really gains elevation from here. You hit a bunch of switchbacks that will have you questioning your sanity (at least mine). Before too long you will be standing on the summit and, if you're lucky like I was, beautiful views all around you. Don't forget to look for the benchmark. The trail was in great shape. I passed the only other person on the mountain that day on his way down and he told me he had just come across a black bear on the trail. He said he clapped a couple times and the bear ran off. I never saw him, but I was thankful for the warning. Had 2 liters of water and a quart of Gatorade. Was just fine on a cooler day. Might want a third liter during the summer as there is NO water up there. Was thankful to have my bike to cruise down the last 2.5 miles back to the car. Long day, legs were spent, but well worth it.