The Change:Last week I redid the route up the loose embankment. It's brush free, easy to follow and well cairned. The photo shows both routes. At the top the routes meet up and continue to the windsock tree. It's here that the Northern and Southern routes merge. From there the route travels to the summit.
|Northern Route Options|
The Descent:If I ascend the Northern Route, I normally descend the Southern Route making it a round trip hike. Virtually all hikers like round trip hikes as oppose to up and back hikes.
Stats: (Northern Route)
Trailhead: Pine Creek — marked
Distance: 8 miles - round trip
Elevation gain: 1,858 feet
Elevation of peak: 5,440 feet
Time: 5 to 6 hours – up and back
Danger level: 5
Class: 3+ (4+ if climbing the shoulder)