DISTANCE
20.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Monday, August 22, 2016

Beautiful. The rocks fall away when climbing the peak, so with every step, you're letting go and just keeping your eyes to the sky. Be careful of thunderstorms when climbing in summer afternoons. The first time I hiked this in 2013, someone had just died two days before during a lightning storm. Some younger park rangers had been planning their trip for months but were coming back as we were getting close to climbing the actual peak, and they'd decided not to make the ascent. My boyfriend and I summited around mid-afternoon and were fine, but please be careful.