Hiking Colorado's Summit County Area
by Maryann Gaug (Falcon Guides)
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this is a great hike that's not too long and not too short with a lot of elevation gain! the trail starts out with slight incline, then gets steep pretty quickly. once you're out of the trees, then you gotta tackle the boulder field which is not too bad as they've place a good number of cairns along the trail. if you keep your eye on those it makes the boulder field a lot more manageable. i thought i was almost done once i got to the top of the boulders, but boy was i wrong. after the boulders, you still have to hike probably another mile or more to get to the summit. be on the look out for mountain goats as i came upon one munching on the bushes right next to the trail. he just stared at me and i felt more comfortable walking off the trail to give him and me enough room. once at the top, there were even more mountain goats! probably about 10 of them. they kept their distance and so did i. great views of red peak, eccles pass, red buffalo pass, and dillon reservoir. coming back down wasn't as easy as going up. really hard on the knees while going down the boulder field and the next part of the trail after that. a great hike if your training to do a 14er! i did the hike in about 4.75 hrs and i'm a 31 y/o female who's in decent shape. lots of people on the start of the trail, families and all. once you get to the steep part, definitely less crowded.
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