Ok, we've done numerous easy hikes and even a couple of tough ones, including Ontario Peak. Unfortunately, several Lazy Ass Hikers had to miss out due to sickness or scheduling conflicts. So now it's time to return to Ontario Peak.
If you are up for the challenge, come join us for this rollicking adventure past the Icehouse Saddle, past Kelly's Camp and over the multi-humps of Ontario Ridge to the 8,693-foot summit. It's a 12 mile round trip hike with a 3800 feet elevation gain. Expect the hike to take 7-8 hours...or longer!
It's going to be tough. It's going to be challenging. You must be prepared to hike back by yourself if you turn back or get separated from the group.
REPEAT: YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO HIKE BACK ALONE IF YOU TURN BACK OR GET SEPARATED FROM THE GROUP.
Make no mistake, this is a pain and suffering type of hike. But the views from the top just might be worth it. There may or may not be patches of snow and ice on the trail. Depends on the weather just before hike date.
NOTE: There will be no PLUS-ONES for this hike. If you would like to bring someone on the hike, just have them join the group and RSVP. In addition, you will be required to respond to the RSVP question with a YES or will automatically be placed on the waiting list until a YES response is received. A answer of NO will, of course, remove you from the hike.
Jim will hike up with the faster paced hikers and James will hike up with the nature loving, picture taking slow poke hikers at the rear. Here's the general plan we'll follow:
• First, we'll hike up the Icehouse Canyon Trail 3.5 miles to the Icehouse Saddle.
• From the Icehouse Saddle, we'll take the far right fork and follow the trail about a mile to Kelly's Camp.
• From Kelly's Camp, we'll hike across the undulating Ontario Ridge about 2 miles to the Ontario Peak summit where we will have lunch before we return the way we came.
We will take breaks along the way as needed.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK
By joining and/or participating in this and any Lazy Ass Hiking event or activity you agree to be fully responsible for your own safety and behavior and to hold the organizers and participants harmless from any loss, damage or liability that may occur during this event or while in transit to and from the event. You are responsible to know your limits and determine whether you are in adequate physical shape to complete the hike/event or not. In addition, you understand and accept that hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injury or death and that the organizers are not professional hikers or trained leaders and are not medically trained to handle emergencies.