This trail switchbacks steeply for 3.0 miles through a dark forest of timber to an alpine meadow that was replanted in 1915 after a major forest fire. Then the trail rises above timberline to an alpine meadow that is alive with masses of wildflowers in July and August. The trail is generally in good condition and views may be had in all directions as the trail climbs to the 5723 foot summit. The views to the south of Big Four Mountain and Del Campo Peak are especially good. The meadows and summit remain snow-covered until midsummer. No water can be found on this hike.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls), travel east on the Mountain Loop Highway 16.6 miles. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the highway.
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