Today I give you Sandy’s guide to climbing Hermit’s Peak.
You can get to the top if you are in reasonably good shape. It will take major huffing and puffing on the way up, and serious effort to get back down. You can occasionally cry out “Hiawatha!”. This somehow seems to help.
The trail is relentless. It’s four and a half miles to the top and a 2640 foot elevation climb. And the trail is rocky. Tens of thousands of rolling granite rocks to step upon and over. You can entertain yourself with their gorgeous colorations, and imagine how they would look as kitchen countertops.
Birds are whistling, chipmunks and squirrels scampering, and I saw both the biggest and the tiniest horny toads ever spotted in my life. If the elevation climbing isn’t enough to get your heart rate pounding, the adrenaline rush from a deer crashing through the forest will take care of that.
The view from the top is worth the pain and suffering. And seeing that iconic bluff from down below, knowing you’ve had lunch at the top, will be a memory to treasure forever. Press on to the top.
As for getting back to the base, you will believe the trail is never going to end. I emphasize this. You will be desperate to get back to your vehicle. Press on. Even though it’s hard, take your camera out one more time and take a photo of the mountain daisies.
And remember, there’s a wonderful ice cold stream at the bottom where you will soak your feet.
Some paths are incredibly difficult in life. Oh my friends, enjoy the journey, wherever your path is taking you.