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𝐅π₯𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐫𝐨𝐧 – “𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐚 π‡π’π€πž” π‡π’π€πž!

Peak Summited2021 Flatiron
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSiphon Draw
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail difficult/impossible to navigate
Alternative titles include “π‘ƒβ„Žπ‘œπ‘’π‘›π‘–π‘₯ 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘–π‘™ 𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑠,” “πΉπ‘Ÿπ‘’π‘’π‘π‘™π‘–π‘šπ‘π‘–π‘›π‘” π‘€β„Žπ‘–π‘™π‘’ β„Žπ‘–π‘˜π‘–π‘›π‘”,” “πΆβ„Žπ‘œπ‘œπ‘ π‘’ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘œπ‘€π‘› π‘Žπ‘‘π‘£π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’ (π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘–π‘™)!”

6.5 miles up and back (from the parking lot, including off-trail)
2:15 up, 1:50 down (4:05 total)
2641 ft. elevation gain
19,463 steps
21% avg. grade, 86% max grade

Read that again: πŸ–πŸ”% 𝐦𝐚𝐱 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 😱

Yesterday, I had the privilege of doing another one of the six pack of peaks trails! Definitely the most technical trail I've ever done. From pre to post, I went through 5 bottles of Gatorade and 3 bottles of water. 𝐁𝐫𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐠π₯𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬. Like, of the gardening variety. I used my hands almost as much as I used my feet on this trail. Camelback was a good primer for a trail like this. My whole body is π‘ π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘’ today πŸ˜…

There really aren't any trail markings, and so it is a scramble not by design, but by necessity. “How do I get to where those people are? Most be over this pile of rocks!” There were some really cool moments, and I have a lot of pride and gratitude for the experience, but it is probably the scariest trail I've ever been on before. I ended up pairing up with another solo hiker, which helped both of us as we navigated back onto the trail after we *somehow (?) got off the trail. Super steep, very few places for footing, and rock walls leaning into you the whole time. Navigating around the edge of a rocky outcrop both to avoid touching the cactus on the other edge of the rock or drop off the 12 feet on the nearest side… you really have to trust your balance on a trail like this.

But even on the trail, it was a bear. I spent a lot of times looking for good hand holds for my gloved hands while navigating the really steep sections. One time, as I was playing twister by myself and a bunch of sharp rocks 6 feet off the ground, I noticed the large splash of dried blood on the flat rock at the bottom. Getting up the 10 foot tall nearly vertical wall wasn't quite as scary as getting down it. OH MAN. What a trail. But don't let me try to convince you, let π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ 𝑣𝑖𝑒𝑀𝑠 do the talking 😁

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