Mt Sizer One More Time

Peak Summited2020 Mount Sizer
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadPark HQ
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Last November Laura and I did Mt Sizer to support our friend Jenny who was working on her first Six Pack Challenge. We packed in to Sada Springs, camped overnight, then day-hiked to the summit and packed out the following day. This year we are now a group of four all working on the Challenge. The original plan was to pack in to Sada Springs and do the summit hike on the same day, then pack out the next. But we saw rain in the forecast for our planned dates. When the rain in the forecast cleared for our second planned day I suggested doing the whole thing as a day hike. But by now Jenny's achilles was giving her trouble. I was however anxious not to postpone the hike because of a busy upcoming spring schedule for me, not  wanting to do the hike in the summer heat and not wanting to wait until the fall in case we ran out of time and wound up having to do it in bad weather. Laura proposed a counter-clockwise loop day hike going out through Poverty Flat and back past Sada Springs. Laurelyn thoughtfully opted to wait to go with Jenny when her achilles is better.

Laura and I car-camped at Coe to get an early start. We couldn't have hoped for a more perfect day. We did encounter a bit of heat on some of the exposed climbs  on the way out but mostly the temperature was comfortable, the views from the ridge were gorgeous, and the wildflowers were colorful. We also enjoyed seeing butterflies, and the many turkeys near park HQ. We encountered only one other hiker on the entire loop. The hike out was hard with the long climbs and we were very tired, but there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this hike!

 

Three down, three to go!

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