This link-up combines Lily Mountain and Rams Horn Mountain into one outing. Hike up to the summit of Lily Mountain first, then hike down to the saddle between it and Rams Horn Mountain, and then up Rams Horn mountain. It can also be done in the reverse direction.
Getting ThereStart at Lily Mountain Trailhead.
Route DescriptionStats: Class 2, 4.6 miles (round trip), 1719 feet of elevation gain.
From the trailhead, follow the obvious Lily Mountain Trail north for 0.7 miles. There is not very much elevation gain during this portion of the hike (in fact, there is a net loss of 80 feet). You are looking for a trail that branches to the northwest from the trail that you are on. You know that you went about 20 feet or so too far when you reach a large rock on the east side of the trail and the trail appears to just end (and continuing forward would involve bushwacking downhill).
Follow the trail as it climbs up the east slope of Lily Mountain. After a total of 1.5 miles from the trailhead, you will hit the rocky summit of Lily Mountain. Climb the class 2 rocks up the remaining 100 feet or so to the summit.
To get to Rams Horn Mountain from the summit of Lily Mountain, follow the Lily Mountain Trail back down to an elevation of 9,000 ft. From here, bushwack for about 0.5 miles northwest through the trees to the saddle between Lily Mountain and Rams Horn Mountain. Try not to lose very much elevation during this section. From the saddle, hike 0.3 miles (gaining 500 feet of elevation) to the summit of Rams Horn Mountain. There is a second, slightly lower summit just north of the main summit.
Trail Profile and MapThe trail color represents the class of that portion of the trail.
Green = Class 1
Blue = Class 2
The vertical unit is feet, and the horizontal unit is miles.