Saturday Endurance Hike, 7 AM June 8
This will be the 4th time that we have done this traverse. It is a similar (though lesser) challenge to the Enchantments Traverse with better trail and none of the hundreds of other hikers of the Enchantments Traverse. While the scenery along the ridge cannot compete with that of the Enchantments, the views from the ridge are, nonetheless, spectacular.
The pace and relentless elevation gain make this a challenging hike. The route gets right down to the business of gaining elevation – switch backing up persistently 4600 feet in the first 5 miles. It gains another 600 feet over the next two miles beyond the ridge crest. You should be confident in your fitness; this is a long day with substantial elevation gain and even greater elevation loss.
A considerable day in the mountains with a big payoff. Ever changing vistas and a paucity of other hikers make this a rewarding day out.
Camping available in Icicle Canyon the evening before at numerous locations within a short drive of the trailhead.
Gear: Hiking poles are highly advised. Food, water, and sunscreen and an extra layer of clothing. The crest of the ridge is above the trees for several miles; also, water is only available at one or two locations about 7-9 miles into the traverse. We should be on the move for 7-8 hours.
When: We will meet at the trailhead at 7 AM, Saturday June 8.
Where: The trailhead is located 9.4 miles from US Hwy 2 on Icicle Creek Road where you will find a small, but paved trailhead parking area.
Facebook Group. Follow us on and off the trails on our Koinonia Adventures Facebook group where we will post all hike details, photos, etc.
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