Head through the gate and immediately turn left. The trail soon begins switchbacking up a brushy open slope. At 0.8 mile, the trail gains the ridge, with views to the east (left) of Mica Peak (elev. 5205 ft) and its summit FAA radar dome. Follow the ridge, soon heading into scattered ponderosa pines and eventually Douglas-firs. At 1.5 miles the trail forks. Continue left.
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