I said lets meet early enough to beat the crowds but not too early, apparently people hike this thing nonstop and by 8 am I parked in one of the last stalls as an employee opened up the overflow parking lot. I was still mildly drunk from the night before and contemplated paying Jordans way up the tram so I could sleep another hour in my truck, but I felt too guilty so just pushed through this mental nightmare figuring I would just catch the tram down. So we hiked up the Flint and Feather trail then had breakfast in the lodge, now I was starting to feel better and when we finally made Dam mountain I was feeling much better as I knew it was all downhill from here.
We dropped down the Hanes valley and traversed over towards Crown very easily, passing a smally gulley then finally up a scree slope to another gulley that marked the start of our route. It's quite easy to figure out where you need to go. We started up this gulley and the walls started to close in and we began climbing up beautiful water worn slabs with a few tricky chockstones, and... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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