When you reach the trail intersection, turn right and begin making your way towards Point 7712 and the ridge east of it. The trail is relatively flat until you reach the ridge...total distance to the top of the ridge is about 1.7 miles with a gain of about 440'. The Highline Trail #339 switchbacks its way up and over that ridge and angles down the other side into another basin with two other small lakes. The ridge offers up some great views...pictured below.
LOOKING BACK THE WAY YOU CAME
BAT LAKE FROM THE RIDGE
POINT 7686 FROM THE RIDGE
From the ridge crest follow #339 down the other side for approximately .18 miles losing about 100' until the trail flattens out in the basin. At this point, you can start looking for a way up to the saddle between Point 7712 and Green.
It is only .13 up to the saddle gaining almost 300'. There is some minor scrambling towards the top and if you veered to the right into the cliffs the climbing would be more difficult. Overall, a pretty straightforward route up.
LOOKING BACK DOWN THE ROUTE
JFKITTY APPROACHING THE SUMMIT
LOOKING BACK DOWN THE SUMMIT RIDGE
DescentOne can retrace their steps to get back to the trailhead or descend the north-east ridge to do a little extra exploring. The descent of the NE ridge is just shy of 1/3 of a mile. Once at the saddle between Green and Point 7686, you can again, pick up the Highline Trail and head back, or, if you have the time, continue on to Poorman Mountain.
|Terrain||One-Way Mileage||Elevation Gain|
|Trail #83||2.32||1150'||Trail #339||1.70||440'||Descent of Trail #339||.18||-94'||Scramble up to saddle||.13||294'||Hike up ridge||.25||302'||Total||4.58||2186'|
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