|Hiking||16.60 Miles|| 10 Hrs 8 Mns || ||1.64 mph|
|4,430 ft AEG|| || || |
Lockett Meadow Camping was full of car campers who do not appear to hike. Spent the night at a decent dispersed campsite (with established fire-ring so campfire was allowed).
Next day headed to the summit via inner basin. One of our group stopped short of the summmit and another had trouble with altitude sickness, a few got sore joints, but 4 of us made it to the top! I really struggled on the Aggasiz dip and Humphrey Saddle to Humphrey's Summit section, feeling a twinge of dizziness from the altitude combined with the necessary exertion level, I was managing a pitiful half a mile per hour for awhile. Only saw a handful of people up until the summit trail where there were hundreds. Gorgeous views from the upper Weatherford and the Summit, all in all a great day to do this.
Ominous clouds turned out to be a non issue as only tiny hail hit us for about two minutes and provided much needed shade the majority of the day. Thunder was heard as we decended at the end of the day, but no rain materialized. There is a difficult, possibly dangerous, section along the Weatherford where you have to traverse a 500 foot section of trail that snow has drifted over and not yet melted...right on the cliff of a scree slope :/
Stopped often on the way up to help adjust to the altitude, even so, one person still had problems. However, he quickly recovered and we managed to make it the rest of the way back down without incident. I swear the Inner Basin Trail doubled in length on the way back to the car!
I am probably slightly out of hiking shape seeing as it's mid-summer, but holy Moses, where is the difficulty 6 option??
||Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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