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pokeystik

Voted 10/10

This can be a tough hike day hike but worth the burn. It starts out crazy steep in the forest, but the trail is clean and smooth... This is the "easy" part (you're a third of the way to the basin). Once you exit the forest, it gets rough in spots with lots of rocks and roots to look out for. The trail hugs the mountain for a little bit and the views open up dramatically. You'll also see that you still have a long way to go and it's up, up, up... Once you enter the basin though, you're instantly rewarded. It's huge!! And the terrain is striking... it's like you're on another planet. A picture just can't do it justice.



If you start at the parking lot, it's 9.4 miles round triip with a 3050' elevation gain. However, it's flat for the first 1.2 miles and then gradually increases for the next half a mile giving you plenty of time to warm up. The last three miles are pretty steep so it feels like much more.



Carrying only food and water it took us 3 hours to reach the basin and 2.5 hours to get out. If you're not camping out, allow yourself plenty of time to mess around up there because there's so much to see. Most people hiking in were going to camp out. Next time I may backpack in... but that trail is a killer... so maybe not... ha ha.

Posted Aug 10, 2005 2:49 am

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