TOTAL DISTANCE: 11 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2400'
PACE: 2 ~ 2.5 mph
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult.
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: ~7 hours
Note to drivers: the last 7 miles or so to the trailhead are on a dirt bumpy road.
Please note that we will meet at 7:45 for a prompt departure at 8AM.
Carpooling: We will organize carpooling at gateway when we meet on Saturday. Total round trip driving distance to trailhead is about 132 miles. We suggest a gas donation of 10cents/mile/person or $13. Exact change makes it easier to divide among drivers. Nobody will e turned around for their inability to contribute.
Up there in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest there's a bald topped mountain where an old lookout site used to exist. Obviously that means great views of the surrounding peaks, specially Adams. Further to the north, this mountain connects, via a ridge to Big Huckleberry Mountain which is higher with even better views.
What to bring:
- Good hiking shoes or boots
- An extra warm layer
- Rain pants and jacket
- Hat & gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Trekking poles
- Food & water
A word about my hiking style:
I'm never in a rush to get somewhere fast so my pace is usually between 2 and 2.5 miles/hour with frequent stops to take pictures. I also like to make a stop for lunch, preferably somewhere where we can sit down and enjoy the surroundings. I like exploring and checking out viewpoints or other interesting things while sticking to the plan. In some of my hikes (especially if the word "adventure" is included in the title) we'll go off-trail which requires some navigation, route finding and bushwhacking. When doing so, I take routes that I have researched, have waypoints on my GPS and/or have a map. I can get a bit disoriented but unless I say we're lost, we're not. Be patient and I'll find a route.
While hiking, unless I say otherwise or if we are bushwhacking, I like to keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you.