: If you’re new to hiking, the elevation gain and descent will make it hard to squat for the next couple days afterwards.
: If you’re a regular hiker and in any sort of physical shape, this hike will be just enough of a challenge for you so that you won’t be disappointed when you’re finished.
: Take a water bottle with you and maybe an apple. See how fast you can run up and down the peak. If you’re planning on getting tired, explore the rest of the trails while you’re there.
It’s always a good idea to be aware of what type of hiking level you’re at
I had only used a pair of New Balance trail running shoes that had a moderately worn down sole. The snow had melted to slush and some parts remained icy. Because of this, my shoes weren’t the best and I had to go at a slower pace in the snow covered portions of the trail. I used my Teton Oasis 1100 18L day pack.
I got by on just 2L of water, a Cliff bar, and an apple. I also had a protein shake waiting for me when I got to my car with a full Nalgene 1L bottle of water. Simple snacks would be suffice for the day. However, during the summer months, you’re going to want to avoid the heat by hiking early in the morning and bringing extra water.