|Peak Summited||2022 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 not too bad|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
I first hiked Mt. Sizer during the 2020 NorCal 6PoP Challenge. In 2021, it was closed due to the wildfires, so we were looking forward to a rematch with this Sizeable mountain. Oh!! It is not any flatter than two years ago, that's for sure! Be ready to climb and climb.
We started at the parking lot and 10 people showed up for our group hike. One of them decided it was going to be too much about 100 yards in, which was a good choice and a good time to make it . The rest of us ended up falling into 3 groups: the speedy ones, the moderate ones, and the struggle bus bringing up the rear. This is a steep, tough hike – maybe not the best as my first one of the six. Lol.
The day was perfect, not too hot, green hills (despite the extreme drought), a few wildflowers here and there, and the occasional gnat. Plentiful poison oak was just starting to break bud. While the park never feels crowded, we met several backpack campers on the 15 mile route.
Super nice and informative rangers reminded everyone to bring at least 4 liters of water. Unlike many parks, there are bathrooms en route. Parking fee is $8 to iron ranger or at visitor center, when open.