Adding up the miles in preparation for the Seven Summits! We'll start at Gateway, take the loop to Bell Pass, go up and over the summit, follow Windgate to East End, go up and over to Tom's Thumb trailhead, and then back up to the Thumb, then make our way down the switchbacks back to Gateway.
Length: 15-16 miles? Basically the 12 miles we did last time, plus down and up to Tom's Thumb Trailhead
Difficulty: you betcha! This is a long, hard hike, very steep in most parts, especially that killer East End, which is rated very difficult
Elevation Gain: well Bell Pass give us 1202 feet and the East End = 1041 feet, and we are up and down and around. So in summary: lots.
Time: 7-8 hours
Warning: NOT for beginners in any way! You want to be experienced, strong and fit for this one. Plus with this kind of distance, you may find yourself alone in parts as we inevitably spread out. Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.
Bring lots of water - probably 3-5 liters, and snacks
This is a great way to train for Seven Summit Challenge. If we have energy, we'll adjourn to Tom's Thumb market for lunch and BEER afterwards.
Plus, I'll collect $1 voluntary donation to HHH