Marigold Mountain

Peak Summited2022 Mount Dickerman
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMain Trailhead
EncounteredFall foliage, Ripe berries
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

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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