by BobSmith » Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:28 am
by chugach mtn boy » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:06 am
by Bob Sihler » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:25 pm
by BobSmith » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:17 pm
chugach mtn boy wrote:I don't know, Bob, maybe 6: http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=314614. But if memory serves there's quite a bit of rubble & scree on both mountains and the going will be sort of slow... I bet your nonhiking friends are ready to call it good after just one peak.
I worked a few seasons in the park, and my favorite half day hikes were just to one side of the ones you have picked out. Rather than go with the crowds to Mt Washburn, I used to hike up the meadows from near Dunraven Pass to Mt Hedges and wander on down the grassy crest to the west. Rather than Avalanche/Hoyt, a favorite was Top Notch Peak (which is on SP). It's just a 1500' rise, and if you have energy and time left over, the longer walk along the ridge from Top Notch to Mt Langford is about as gorgeous as any in the park.
Make sure you stay, or at least have an evening or early morning, up in the Lamar Valley/Northeast entrance area, just for the scenery and wildlife. There are nice half day hikes in that area too, such as to Specimen Ridge.
by BobSmith » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:19 pm
Bob Sihler wrote:I can't remember how many miles it was when Mike Hoyt and I did both Avalanche and Hoyt, but it's about 2.5 miles to Avalanche and about the same to Hoyt from the TH, plus the connecting ridge, so figure on around 8 miles. He and I started around 6 a.m. and were done well before noon.
I would definitely tack on Hoyt. Avalanche is nice, with good views, but it attracts a lot of people and isn't very peaceful unless you start early enough and go fast enough to be the first one up. Hoyt attracts far fewer climbers because it has no maintained trail. The views from there are better, in my opinion, and the ridge is more fun than the hike up Avalanche.
Washburn really isn't very interesting-- very busy, good overview of the park even though the higher mountains are too far away to really appreciate-- but I can see why a first-time visitor would want to go up there. I did it as a time-killer one year and found it pretty boring. And the busy scene at the summit lookout made me want to get the hell out of there quickly, a sad thing to say about a mountaintop.
by Bob Sihler » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:28 pm
BobSmith wrote:I mainly want to hike Washburn for the view of the canyon, plus a chance to see some wildlife--bighorn sheep I've heard are in good numbers there.
by chugach mtn boy » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:49 pm
by Bob Sihler » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:23 pm
chugach mtn boy wrote:Bob Sihler, wouldn't you agree that the Mammoth area, on the road down to Gardiner, is the most reliable place for them to look for bighorns? Also, although they won't want to climb Abiathar Peak at the NE entrance, they could glass it and probably find some distant sheep.
by b. » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:26 pm
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