This is a repeat of hike done in July 2012. You can see the photos from the previous hike here.
Other hikers can meet 9:15am at Brewar's Ponderosa Lodge and then continue drive north a little way and turn left onto 21-S78 towards Quaker Meadow Camp and park near the trail.
Slate Mountain is the highest point in the Ponderosa area at about 9300 feet. The moderate to strenuous hike will be along a portion of the Summit Trail. The total distance is 10.5 miles round trip and the elevation gain is 2245 feet on a forested trail. For those of you with less experience, that means a lot of uphill!
There will be an optional visit to the 100 Giants directly adjacent to our return trip home on the Western Divide Hwy. There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle.
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