We are doing beginner hike # 5 on Cinqo de Mayo so it's a good excuse for a pah-ty! Plan is to head up Near Point, which will take us around 4-5 hours so this is why I started a half hour early. Hike will be moderate, approx. 8 miles and 1900 feet elevation gain. The trail is well travelled with plenty of parking.
Snowshoes will not be needed... but bring gaiters as there will be snow or mud. This trail gets pretty muddy in spring (not sure if we're there yet!) and as good trail stewards we'll be expected to plow through the mud rather than cut new trails (or risk being mocked as weenies .)
Bring-good ice grippers (uphill rink at times so be warned!), aforementioned gaiters and good boots, layers, pack, camera, bear spray. If it's not windy it would be fun to have a little Mexican themed celebration at top-bring something fun but light-a small treat to share, a sombrero, your chihuahua! I'll bring Mexican music and dixie cup Margaritas to share.
Paking $5 or state park pass. Well behaved dogs welcome!