It was a beautiful day for this mega hike. More than 4,000 feet of elevation gain and close to 5,000 in accumulated elevation in 18 miles. On my last trip there in October 2004 it was very windy at the peak. Not so on this hike. Cool air, sunny skies and very light breeze made for perfect hiking conditions. Sun_Hiker and I did this in 10 hours (she a little faster than me) with some breaks along the way and lunch at the base of the peak. Highly recommended for fit hikers.
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A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.