Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints
by Charlie & Diane Winger (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
© 2002 Charlie & Diane Winger/Colorado Mountain Club Press. All Rights Reserved.
This was surely a climb worth the effort. Despite leaving my friends at the hotel, since gear did not arrive, I drove into the dark to the trailhead alone. I was truly afraid, as usual. But My gathered companions seemed at ease. We all climbed. Ran into a couple coming down claiming that conditions above were no good. We went on. We ran into groups that were military alumni; they seemed happy and winded. Made a bond. We will all make it that day.
3 false summits after you break timberline. Remember that. Start at 5am and lunch at the first boulder after the first false summit. Bring bananas. Rest is take pics and rush down.
A great hike! Not as difficult as some of the other 14's, but still tiring for a flat lander like me. We started at Twin Lakes campground at around 6 and made the summit by 11. The view is amazing, but expect the summit to be crowded during busy hiking seasons. Also, plan to be off the summit by 1 to avoid afternoon storms in the summer. We climbed this mountain in June and hiked down in a snow storm, so prepare for any kind of weather, no matter the season.
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