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we hiked this this past weekend. the trail was "easy" as in no technical aspect to it, but a lot of it is past tree line which can make it difficult for some. the only icy areas we encountered were past tree line and along the two false summits.
the views make it ABSOLUTELY worth all the effort.
Short and easy compared to most 14ers. Good views at the top, but not a lot to get excited about on a majority of the trail.
There is access to some other 13ers once you get to the top - there is pointy one called Gemini that is worth scaling since you're already up there.
Beautiful. I love how much mining history is spread throughout this trail. Moderate is a stretch - I would consider this easy. Miles 3-5 (marked by trail mile markers) is where almost of the gain is. Miles 7-10 are fairly boring - bring some music or an audiobook - you'll likely have cell reception the whole hike!
My wife and I got a late start around noon and decided to make a run for it. Ended up being a great day and as advertised by most on here....summited at 3:00 with bit of snow and we were down by 5:30...Road was good alway to the gate near the mines...Our first 14'er...