|Peak Summited||2019 Mount Sizer|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||Henry Coe Ranger Station|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||Bugs were an annoyance|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
We picked a warm day, but started early. On the “Shortcut”, I ascended in 41 minutes (my age minus 18). When I got to the top I was drenched in sweat and was immediately swarmed by biting flies. The bugs only subsided when I started to dry off, and new sweaty victims joined me.
Henry Coe is known for ticks, but didn't see any. We did see 2 large rattlesnakes, one of which was dozing in the middle of a single track trail. I prodded it with a hiking pole to get it to safely relocate.
The last 3 miles of the 14.4 mile loop involve a steady climb, which coupled with the heat overtaxed one of our group. I jogged the last 2 miles to the ranger station to get help, but it was manned by an aide. It took 45 minutes for the nearest ranger on duty to arrive.