You can about other mountains I have climbed, including Mount Sneffels, Grays and Torrey, and the DeCaLiBron Loop on my Colorado Hiking Page!
6:00 am - Our arrival
We arrived at the trailhead at 6:00 a.m. on the dot, and the parking lot was already full. We parked down the hill from the trailhead parking lot and walked up about a quarter of a mile up the road.
7:00 am - Starting the trail
After the water, the trail started to head up the mountain and progressively became steeper. The next mile of the trail remained above the tree line and was a lush green landscape. We walked through rows of short bushes before we broke out into vast fields of blooming wildflowers.
8:15 am - 2/3 of the way up, here come the crowds
The path became more difficult to navigate as more rocks littered the ground. This caused people to slow down for the sake of safety, so things became very congested the higher up we hiked. Traversing the rocks wasn’t difficult to manage, since there was no climbing or scrambling required. We slowly continued up the trail and eventually reached the summit.
9:00 am - Reached the summit
9:30 am - Started the hike down
The descent took us just as long as the hike up, primarily because we stopped a lot to take pictures of the flowers and beautiful valley below. Now that the sun was out the views were even more spectacular!
12:00 pm - Finished!
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