Love that the on-trail section is such soft terrain with barely any loose gravel - made for quick hiking! The views once you reach the ridge at about three miles are stellar: Sawtooths, White Clouds, and even the LRR in the distance. Hike was a little bit longer than expected due to Google not marking the right summit, but still less than 10 miles. I was also glad I'd skimmed the Summitpost page before the hike, otherwise I definitely would have thought the pile of talus with the gatorade bottle register was the true summit (it had summit ladybugs and everything!). The actual summit is a couple hundred yards further at the end of the ridgeline and honestly doesn't have as good of a view, but, you know, it's something like 10' higher so if that's what you're after... :)
With a snow covered trail and deadfall leading up to the ridge, and nearly all snow up to what my GPS software pinned as the tippy-top (it was wrong, thus we were off), we'd had a full day. Made it to high point 9442, enjoyed hard to beat views of Sawtooths and surrounding mountain ranges. You can almost see forever from up here. Collie and Lola lakes still frozen below us. 8 miles round trip. Will be back to hike the peak on a snow free day.
This was my first solo hike in 2013 and in the state. I wanted to come back to the mountain that started it all for me (and also because there was 10 feet of snow everywhere last time).
Too bad the skies were hazy from wildfires, because the 360 views from the ridge and summit and incredible. Hiked as through hike from Cape Horn summit TH to Lola Creek TH.
Great snowshoe adventure with Splattski. Cool cornices on the ridge. Trip Report
Lower trail goes through a burned out area. My wife was surprised by a bear while she was waiting for me at the saddle
Nice trail run on a day that I was squeezed for time
Dennis Poulin and I really enjoyed this hike. Not many people seem to be aware of this one due to all the great hikes in the nearby Sawtooth area.