Fun hike, amazing field of lupines near the top!!
It's a great workout but takes longer to drive out there from downtown Boise than to hike up it, if you're hiking fast. Fun in the spring with all the balsamroot, less so after everything browns over. It's lost its novelty a little for me by now, but the West Ridge is still a good challenge, especially if you caravan it so you have a car waiting for you at the main lot so you can descend the standard route (wouldn't want to descend the West Ridge). Standard route is still a good benchmark of fitness though!
Awesome training hike super close to my house! PM me if you'd like to join! Typically I do dawn patrol (need to get to the summit by 7:30 in order to make it to the office in time!)
First hike up the hill that I stare at from my house every day! It was awesome. a butt kicker, but definitely something I'm going to start doing weekly. I'll bring a new summit register up this week. The one there was full full full!! Lots of traffic! Makes me kick myself for not doing it earlier!
Excellent way to celebrate the winter Solstice. Light dusting of snow on the trail. Saw a few other groups. Beautiful!
5 months after ankle surg, good test of the steep.
A nice little snow hike along the west ridge for New Year's Eve with some folks from IdahoSummits. I'm sure that I'll be returning for some quick training!
Awesome day, Started around 10AM when the peak was in the clouds. They all burned off around noon time. T-shirt weather at the summit.
Good peak for training for trail runs or steep slopes.
Really love this little peak. Brought my kids and girlfriend up for their first-ever summit. Just a few minor patches of snow to cross at the top, but nothing my 10 year old daughter had any trouble with.
***So, the infamous flag, bottle of bourbon, and registry box were all gone. There was a ziplock baggie under a rock with a note from someone with the Fish & Game department. It said "I have your flag. If you want it, call.." but moisture had gotten into the bag so we couldn't read anything else.
I guess I don't understand why it would be taken. Seems pretty ridiculous to me.
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Fun snow banks at the top, about waist deep. Good 3 hour roundtrip from east route.
flailing, grasshopping, spitting
I fled to the top
stayed off trail the whole time, stuck to the steep western slopes
Really enjoyed the hike. Short and sweet workout hike when you want something close to town.
Made an 8 mile ridgewalk of the day, hitting several other peaklets. Turned around just after 4849. Huge amounts of deer poop in this area, but saw no deer - just one blue racer snake and some butterflies. No other people. Scenic green hillsides and lupine still in bloom, along with perfect weather. Total time 6 hours, moderate pace with a few leisurely stops.
4/13 note: Have summitted this a few more times since original date. That's because it's a FAST training hike. From home to summit and back home, someone in N or E Boise can get this done in ONLY 4 HOURS. Highly recommended, and different experience every time.
Finally met up with my IdahoSummits peeps for a night time ascent of this little gem. Conditions were perfect, still and beautiful. Guided by moonlight it was the perfect end to the 2011 season and start for the 2012.
Great night climb with JTW from Highway 21. 9th or 10th time up.
Climb this hill every weekend with my buddy and the dog. Made it to the top with the wife on 20111126. Great hike, and close to Boise.
Super Dave said there would be lots of critters and he was right.
It should not have taken me so long to succumb to W for such an effortless place to go. always worth it.