Was proven how out of shape this lowlander is. 4.75 hour hike up; 2.5 to 3 hours down, plus a sprained ankle on the way down (but this Energizer hiker kept the boot on and kept on hiking).
The last mile or so to the top is steep and full of often loose rocks. The top is magnificent, yet crazy. I have a bit of vertigo and, being alone, I couldn't quite make myself go to the helicopter pad. >8-O But I did climb on rocks some. Had a view to Elk Mountain to the south in Medicine Bow National Forest's Snowy Range.
I guestimated the trail at 5 miles, looking at signs. Someone hiking with a pedometer said it was 5.25.
Lotsa manmade towers on top good for calling folks back home to say I was on top of mt. LOL! Geez, I hadn't even seen a western mountain since 2000!!! I enjoyed it, despite the heavy breathing. lol
Oh yeah, the Friend Park Campground was $10, if I remember right, for me and my tent, arriving around 11 p.m. and hiking at 8 a.m.
I hiked this mountain with my amazing husband-to-be, Ty.
A killer hike for a measly 3.5 miles to the top. But the view (and the helicopter pad) made the hike worthwhile. A great trail to try in the winter, too. Don't get your car stuck.
I climbed this peak in the changing aspens with my beautiful wife-to-be. The climb was refreshing and the views were spectacular. I cannot wait to climb this with Alex Wann and three others in December.
I climbed for a good two hours after dark and made camp a little over half way up the mountain. This was my first solo ascent, and well worth it! The next morning I summitted at about 7:15.