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Oct 03 2020
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51 male
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 Pike National Fo
Flash of Gold Buffalo Pass, CO 
Flash of Gold Buffalo Pass, CO
 
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We had a family steamboat trip planned with the kids and my parents. Two days ago my stepmom told my dad to take her to the hospital where she had two stints put in one for a complete blockage. With school going back to 4 days/ week wth full classes my wife decided to work to save PTO just in case. Voila! Just me and the kids. Had an offer from an acquaintance for the kids to see, feed, and pet their Alpacas and Llama. He also happens to live in Buffalo Pass so afterward we were obligated to explore. Drove the commuter as far as I felt comfortable and turned around and parked in a nice stand of trees and found a picnic spot. Then we found a trail and followed it 3.75 miles all the way down to dry creek trailhead. Then backtracked up and back to the car. Multi use trail mainly used by Mountain Bikers. We were warned it would be busy and had to jump off trail frequently, but the hike was really nice. All in all a great day. Bought the kids ice cream on the way back just to top it off! We didn’t know the name of the trail until we got to the trailhead. Flash of gold was quite appropriate.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Entire hike is through aspen stands. One section trees are close together and no leaves. White and stark as far as the eye can see. Eerie.
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Oct 01 2020
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Dome Rock State Wildlife AreaSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Got off the night shift after getting done with a flight 3:30 am and drove 2 hours home on 3:15 of sleep, Sarrah had already volunteered to get M to lacrosse knowing this would probably be my only window this year to catch fall colors at Dome Rock with other commitments taking a lot of time like hand staining the entire house which I have spent the last two weeks home doing. I really wasn’t feeling up to it, but opted to do it and decided to do it counterclockwise so the main uphills would be in the middle. Colors on the way looked promising although quite variable from green, to prime, to dried dead and brown. I was surprised at how good the colors were on the hike which also had a lot of variability and was not as good as previous years, but good nonetheless. Decided to jog it as I had about 3 hours to do the hike not including travel to and from. Previous versions of this hike used use trails that help to avoid the creek crossings. I opted to skip these and run strait through every crossing and just have wet feet. This got the mileage down to a little over 10 miles and saved time. The hills were horrible as they are deep dirt sand/gravel from horse use. Some areas were so steep and loose not only coils I not run them, but I had to use trees to pull myself up. In the past they were more packed. I don’t know if it was the shortened miles due to water crossings or doing it the oppposite direction which starts the hike and ends the hike with descents rather than ending it in a 4 mile gradual climb, but it seemed short and I couldn’t believe how quick the hike was over.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Variable good prime stands some still green and some past.
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Sep 22 2020
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Fall colors sort of., CO 
Fall colors sort of., CO
 
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Local hike to check fall colors. Early freeze and snow will probably limit colors this year. Nice picnic lunch with kids. Hiked up to Crystal reservoir which is about half full. I think they are still doing maintenance. Took different routes there and back. Colors sporadic. Dropped into Green Mountain Falls on the way back and walked back via Ute Trail. Nice temps always fun hiking with the kids. Nice to see most of the piles of wood gone it will be awhile before the scorched circles are gone.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Sep 09 2020
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Ute Pass Open Space, CO 
Ute Pass Open Space, CO
 
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Hiked and had snowball fights the entire 3 miles of the Bluemoon race route that led to last years surgery. Muddy wet and snowy. I had to watch my back the whole way with my little minions plotting against me the entire time. In the end I gave as good as I got and there was probably not a single article of clothing on any of us that did not get wet from being hit with a snowball. The sled hill was utilized this am for several hours as we got much more snow at the house a good 6” worth. This trail was convenient as we got geared up at Epic Mountain sports with The kid gear trade in program. Micah needed boots and bindings to get the kids squared away for the season and then a trip to altitude ninja gym since pretty much most of the kids sports have been cancelled except Lacrosse for the immediate future and all the after school programs are on hold. Fun day enjoying early winter.
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Fourmile FallsSan Luis Valley, CO
San Luis Valley, CO
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Haven’t done this hike since Sarrah was 4 mo. pregnant with Noah. The waterfalls were frozen at time. Wildflowers and butterflies were out. It was overcast and cooler which was nice. Kids liked it and swam above the falls. Got back and had lunch at the car only to find a note that somebody from Texas managed to back into and hit my car. Looks like they got me with a tow hitch attached to a big truck they shouldn’t be driving especially since I got the last parking spot and there was no spot across from where I parked so they apparently had to get creative. All in all a fun hike that the kids really enjoyed.
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Aug 08 2020
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Pagosa Float, CO 
Pagosa Float, CO
 
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Scoped our the river walk the day before. Planned on hitting the hot springs, but it was super crowded. Remembered a downstream hot spring from a few years ago and found it. It is below the tubing takeout and although not as hidden as a few years ago still difficult to see from the river walk or river. We tubed down on cheap 50 cents a piece air mattresses. The blue ones were 3$ for some reason. Anyway, water levels were too low in some places for tubes and I saw people struggling the day before. The air mattresses worked quite well and the family had fun. We took out at the takeout and hiked another 200’ feet to the hot springs. I ran up to the car at the free parking 400’ away and grabbed the cooler. We hung out at the hot springs and swam below the takeout all afternoon. Noah wanted to do another lap which we did. All in all a fun way to spend a 90 degree day. Note to self don’t wash the sulphur smelling clothes with the other dirty clothes. It’s like the cat in the hat and the tub ring.
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Aug 07 2020
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Chimney Rock National Monument, CO 
Chimney Rock National Monument, CO
 
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A couple minutes outside of Pagosa Springs. They are no longer doing tours so they are now self guided. One is a loop around some excavated and unexcavated pit houses. The other was a walk up to the kivas overlooking Chimney Rock. This is an outlying chacoan site. The significance is that every 18.5 years the lunar stand still causes the moon to rise for a few months between the two formations which apparently had some significance to this culture. It is worth noting that the foundation remains just past the Kiva visible in one of my pics is if a fire look out tower built and fairly recently removed that effectively blocked the view of the Lunar Standstill for 40-60 years. Awesome planning and forethought by the powers that be. Lot’s of collared lizards which the judges liked. Interesting info.
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Aug 03 2020
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Mueller State Park, CO 
Mueller State Park, CO
 
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About 5 miles not sure of AEG. Didn’t start watch until halfway through. Free admission to Co. State parks today. Never been here decided to scope it out. Dome rock state wildlife area my favorite fall color hike is right next to this and used to be part of it. We took 5 to 24 to 15 to 25 to 11 to 1 back to the visitor center. You could pull up the map on line and it gives distances. Lots of hiking options and the place has a small campground as well. I’d probably visit more if I had a state park pass. As much camping as we have been doing probably makes sense to get it. We were going to do an out and back, but decided on the loop which I’m glad we did to skirt a pretty ugly t-storm that was following us and blocking us from going back the way we came. Bring the map it came in handy. You know it’s close when the thunder causes your kid to jump on your leg and tell you they are scared.
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Jul 28 2020
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Intro to whitewater, CO 
Intro to whitewater, CO
 
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Couple hours on the Yampa. It rained and was fun family time. Paddle practice in a lagoon and then some instruction in a tributary and down the Yampa. Water levels low so it was about perfect for the family since they have never paddled whitewater. Trying to get family hooked so I can get my boat back out. :)
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Jul 26 2020
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Thunderbird Trail, CO 
Thunderbird Trail, CO
 
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Plan B from the previous trip consisted of my wife getting us some of of our Timeshares in Steamboat while I tried pretty unsuccessfully to arrange a recovery of the vehicle or getting it started which I eventually succeeded in doing. I managed to arrange recovery as well, but it would not have been until Sunday morning. We transferred cooler and everything from truck to car and headed out Sunday morning to Steamboat Springs.
Day 1 On arrival we headed to the resort, took the Gondola up to the top and did a couple rides on the Alpine coaster which is a safer version of an alpine slide which can actually fall off the track. No braking netted an average speed of 33 mph. Kids liked it. We also played a round of Mini Golf.
Day 2 Consisted of a couple hours at the hot springs Slide closed rock wall poolside open. Then a couple hours tubing the Yampa and an evening hike up thunderbird trail as it was 90 degrees at 5pm. We took an alternate set of trails down mainly Mtn Bike trails some of which had 20’ plus drops we had to down climb. Impressive that people ride these trails. Got down about 10 minutes after my wife and daughter who got back to the car realized a window was left open and after the failed camping trip were quite traumatized to find a mouse standing on my wife’s steering wheel!
Day three consisted of kayaking some whitewater and some sleuthing all the springs in town. Turned out to be a great back up trip for my wife’s planned time off after the first plan fell through.
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Sometimes trips don't go as planned, CO 
Sometimes trips don't go as planned, CO
 
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Plan was to stay in dispersed camping of coffee pot rd. outside Glenwood Springs canyon venturing into town for the hotsprings and adventure park, and hanging lake. We found a spot with good views that seemed like a great spot. Because of burn bans across the state our newest accessory that came along was a propane firepit. We woke up and packed up and when we got ready to leave attempted to fire up the truck which didn’t seem to be getting fuel. A quick look in The engine compartment showed a pack rat nest, fuel dripping on the exhaust manifold and a dead rodent underneath the truck. I had to take the seats out and entire engine cover off. Removed nest and blood spatter from the rodent’s violent death. I couldn’t initially identify source of fuel leak. Put it back together and started to set up camp while unsuccessfully trying to find a tow. After eventually finding somebody to come out on Sunday morning before setting up camp again I took apart truck again and followed every fuel line tightening and checking for security. I then tried starting to check where the fuel leak was coming from and amazingly it’s started! No leaks! Sweet! I suspect one of the lines was loosened possibly by nest building activities. I initially thought maybe one was chewed through. Put everything back together, rolled up the awning and took off for home. We have been unsuccessful in checking Glenwood Springs during the 7+ years we have lived here despite several attempts. We did come up with a back up for family activities to be continued...
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Mt. Harvard and Columbia Traverse Combo, CO 
Mt. Harvard and Columbia Traverse Combo, CO
 
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Taco Tuesday two for the price of one. I have every other Tuesday off with kids at camp and daycare. Weather permitting have been trying to get some decent AEG. The trip up to Twin Lakes passes numerous 14ers along the way. In fact we thought about Elbert while we were there, but forecast for storms Sunday which materialized had us paddle boarding instead (easier to watch weather pack up and go). I saw the combo and decided to do it. It turned out OK. Trail is in great shape up to Harvard and I have never seen such perfectly manicured trails out of talus. Wow! Could of trail ran back down that if I didn’t decide to do the combo. There are warnings all over 14ers.com about risk factors for this hike exposure HIGH commitment HIGH route finding HIGH all of which are probably true. There is a high number of search and rescue dispatched to that section as well as injuries. It wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be. I really had to slow down and be careful. I got hailed and rained on, but no thunder until I got to the car. The difficulty in this hike is the traverse. It is mostly trail less scree, talus, and exposure. If weather comes in suddenly your pretty much exposed on the ridge with no escape unless you are in one of the talus fields with car sized boulders.

You can access both these peaks from French Creek as well.
Apparently, a lot of people hike in and camp in horn fork basin which cuts the round trip mileage in half. The other notes were how horrible the trail is going up to Columbia which I came down. Initially for the first half from the top it is dirt loose rock numerous routes no switch backs and probably 30 degrees ( perfect for backcountry skiers in the winter and as bad as Bross with respect to steepness (which was recommended to me as a great winter backcountry run). Apparently, they have been working to Fix this trail for quite awhile. There is a sign half way down about maintenance and falling rocks etc. below that sign the trail is an engineering marvel where they have finished sections. Switchbacks with rocks perfectly placed as stairs using portable cranes. Scree used to make boarders on each side of rock free trail. They must have done this to Harvard at some point in the past. Both trails ( Columbia’s completed sections) are in far better shape than Pikes Peak or any of the other 14ers I’ve done. Mt. Princeton being the worst because apparently a rockslide covered most of the trail a couple of years ago. Wildflowers were great particularly on the Columbia trail. I enjoyed the traverse, but I averaged 3 mph all the way up Harvard and it took 3 hours to go from Harvard to Columbia and it is only 2.75 miles. I think the main problem lies in people not being patient. If you choose this route your going to have to slow down allot the time and not be in a hurry for the traverse.
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Jul 11 2020
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Twin Lakes Reservoir & Colorado TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Sarrah wanted to get out somewhere to swim with the kids and try out her paddle board. Twin Lakes near Leadville fit the bill. We had a rare stay at a campground the Lakeview campground to be exact because of the burn ban fires were not allowed at disperse campsites. Set up camp and hiked down to a lagoon first day from the campsite via the Colorado trail which goes through the campground. We shared the lagoon with one other group and water was warmer than the large lakes. Everyone took turns on the paddle board and we spent 5 hours swimming. Hike back up to camp for dinner and campfire. Next day broke camp and drove to a few area which had no fee thanks to all the employees apparently leaving and no envelopes. It was much windier and rough. A line of storms came in and we packed up to leave even ducking under a full sized raft that came flying down the beach stopping in the rocks about .5 miles down the beach. As soon as it blew through it was gone and we opted to reinfoate the paddle board and swim some more. Brought the kayak to work on rolls, but never ended up using it. Didn’t want to carry it along with the paddle board from camp and after packing up and unpacking didn’t feel motivated to carry it down to the beach. Fun two days hiking, camping, swimming, and paddling. Noah now has a hammock in the front of the truck which worked well. He was getting shoved into the corner by his older sibling with the old set up.
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Pikes Peak from Crags CG THSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Decided last night since one kid in daycare and one going to camp I would do Pikes Peak from the other side (short cut). What a difference from last time. It was cold and windy with gusts over 40 all the way up. It even snowed on me. Saw a family of sheep climb up a cool rock formation. Lots of wildflowers everywhere. Parking for the top is at Devil’s Playground parking with shuttles to the top. Total CLUSTER PUMPKIN! I got to the top and there was line into building because of limitations on # of people. Lines waiting to get on shuttles to go back to their cars. I planned on this and had enough water for round trip. Besides the water at the top is almost undrinkably disgusting. Only made that mistake once. Jogged down got home with enough time to relax them make dinner for the family. Since my wife worked while I played. :)
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Georgia Pass TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Drove up Friday found a campsite in dispersed on Breck side of pass. Spent two days hiking, exploring, and relaxing. No rain in the forecast, but it rained in the evening both days. Lot’s of ATV, Quads, off-road, motorcycles until about 5:30 pm as there is a rental and tour company a couple miles before camp spot. Pretty quiet in the evening. Saturday we walked up the road and found a hiking trail we took. It looped around back toward our campsite and we bushwhacked down some steep terrain and downed trees from a fire that appeared to have occurred 20-30 years ago. We picked up some new gear we were testing out and I made black out curtains for the front of the cab which opened up the space inside. The kids are getting big enough that they don’t fit in their old space and one will be sleeping in a hammock up front once it shows up. The trail up to the continental divide is rated as moderate on the Breck side (FR355), but is doable in a passenger vehicle on the other side. It basically had a creek running down it for a majority of the drive up. It was steeper than expected and much more rutted out. Apparently a tough winter and spring. I was reading reports of people turning around short of the top from 1 month ago. No issues going up just took my time and drove up in Low. Apparently even taking it easy I traumatized my family who said they did not enjoy the trip up. Views were great up top and we stopped by an old ruined cabin along the road. Checked out the camping along French Creek on the way down. Nice weekend trip.
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Barr Trail #620South Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Warm weather dropped kids off at camp so I got a late start. Parking and no shuttle running in Manitou added 3 miles to the total distance. It was already almost 90 when I got to the trail. Could smell donuts near the summit, but tons of construction and fences deterred me from exploring. Maintained a good pace up and down. Trail has been improved since last time, but it is still a rough trail. Saw very few people on the way down because of my late start, but there was a couple recovering incline junkies, because The incline is closed ,running up Barr trail since there are stiff fines for trespassing on incline.
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Gothic Mountain, CO 
Gothic Mountain, CO
 
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2600+ elevation gain not sure how to get AEG off my fenix watch. Brent and I planned this for a sunrise start, but it was pouring rain and I went back to bed. Peak was obscured in clouds and rain and camp was a swamp. When I woke back up it had cleared substantially and we decided to go for it. He drove to camp and my wife drove his forerunner with the kids back to their house. The plan was for them to do the cave hike in CB south with the kids to see the elusive fairy slipper, but the kids revolted and they ended up walking the neighborhood.
We decided to do the peak from the trail out of my campsite which basically got us half way to the tree line before bushwhacking the rest of the way to the top. This hike was basically an excercise in determination as there really was no trail and it was steep and the scree made me wonder if any of the mountain wasn’t a pile of sliding rock. Once we got just below the ridge it was scrambling on more solid rock. It was a good hike and the views were spectacular. The steepness of the final half mile below the tree line and the scree field made this hike seem longer than it was. It was one of the more challenging short hikes I’ve done in a while. Brent’s wife Heather pointed out that it was 4 years ago to the day that he and I skinned up and Skied Little Italy on Pikes Peak. We decided that we all should get together a little more often.
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May 29 2020
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Crusty Butt campout, CO 
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Sarrah had a three day weekend and we were leaning toward Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Called up some friends we haven’t seen in awhile and they suggested camping in Washington Gulch which is beyond their new home and no longer dispersed, but free and managed by the forest service. We thought we would stay a night and head to Black Canyon if the Gunnison, but ended up staying the whole weekend. Brent and I did Gothic Peak yesterday. We hiked up to a lake and spent an afternoon paddling and hung out at night around a campfire. Their kids are a little older, but they all got along great! Rained a little, but temps were great!
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East side Meander, CO 
East side Meander, CO
 
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Longest hike for the 5 year old. He was on wobbly legs going down Esther. Nice weather. Kids learned about evaporative cooling as we had abundant water sources and it was almost 80 today. :roll: tried to find an old homestead cabin, but it had been so long I took wrong trail at an intersection which worked because it turned the hike into a nice forestry loop back to the road. Hike up another branch and recharged at a large slick rock falls I had never seen. Over took a couple on the way up Esther. Saw numerous drivers at Crowe Gulch. Got stopped by the Pikes Peak Nazi’s while walking from FR334 back to Crowe Gulch because of the no hiking on PP Toll road. We were however beyond the toll road easement so I think he was fine because of that and probably because he didn’t want to give the dirty already hiked 7 mile PB&j on the 5 year olds face possible covid infected hikers the Mandatory ride back to the entrance. As any good father in this case I had previously instructed my Little sasquatches to run into the forest if something came up. Haha! There really isn’t any legal parking by the forest road so I think they are more lenient in that area. Anyway it sprinkled a little on the way down Esther and we ran into one more set of people at the bottom. Nice Hike explorin’ the neighborhood with the kids.
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Raspberry Mountain, CO 
Raspberry Mountain, CO
 
Hiking avatar May 17 2020
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Hiking5.03 Miles 1,171 AEG
Hiking5.03 Miles
1,171 ft AEG
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So I have passed this turn off on Ring the Peak at least 10 times. People say it’s popular, but never had much interest. Sarrah suggested it for a family hike. It starts where the ring the peak meets the road 1/2 mile before the crags trailhead or 15 miles from my house on ring the peak which is why I generally pass right by it. I was thoroughly surprised. It has some pretty great views from the top and about the right length for the five year old. We saw a few groups of people, but had the summit to ourselves and a group that showed up after took the lower side of the summit rocks. Great family hike!
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