This hike was part of our camping trip (well maintained camp site at Hilltop) to Lynx Lake. We hiked from our Hilltop camp site along Trail 305 (Homestead Trail) to the second intersection with Trail 442 (a loop trail), then we followed Tr 442, via a spur trail back to Tr 305 and then reversed our route to return to our camp site. Trail 442 takes you up a small peak near the Highland Center for Natural History.
The full length of the Homestead Trail (we hiked only a third of the trail) is a little more than six miles and used heavily by mountain bikers as well as hikers. The AEG shown with this trip log (for the portion of the trail we hiked) can be deceptive. We began our hike at an elevation of 5643 feet, hiked to 5675 feet(highest elevation of our hike), then descended to an elevation of 5513 at about 1.75 miles, and ascended to 5656 feet before retracing our route back to camp.
Overall the trail is heavily used and easy to moderate in difficulty.
You will find plenty ponderosa pines, pinon pines, junipers, etc. Also, you may be lucky to see a deer or two; we saw two deers during our hike and was able to capture one of the deer in a picture with our digital camera.
Will attempt to post pictures using same trip name.
||Wildflowers Observation Substantial