Hike Log

Marigold Mountain


Main Trailhead

Type of Hike:

Day hike

Trail Conditions:

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

The fall colors were unreal. Bright bursts of yellow, scarlet and poppy. A marigold mountain.


I started the hike at 3:15pm on a Monday. There were 4 cars in the parking lot, but as I was coming two groups were leaving, so that left two of us. 🙂 Just me and a solo male hiker I ran into later on the trail.


The trail was embedded with roots and felt very steep to me for the first 3 miles. Finally, at about 3.5 miles, the colors popped. Bright golds and oranges and red blueberry bushes with LOTS of blueberries ripe for eating. I had a few and they were super sweet. So tasty.


I summitted at 6pm and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time for the fall spectrum. I stayed at the top for 20 minutes just looking at the views, taking photos, refueling, taking more photos. Soooo stunning: the shadows, colors, textures, panoramas (and drop-offs).


Because I started later in the day, I had about an hour of hiking in the dark and finished at 8:21pm. Highly recommend this hike for the fall colors, the views and a killer workout!


Total time: 5:04 hours

Distance: 9.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 3,799 ft.


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