The trail starts at Strawberry Flats and slowly climbs to the Gibson Pass Ski Hill. It connects to the "Fool Hen" run, which it follows up to a central area under the orange chair lift. Having grown up skiing at this resort, I was very excited to see what it looked like without snow. It was like an entirely new area!
At this point the trail splits with one route reserved for hikers, and the other intended for cyclists and horses. If I had more time I would have liked to have explored both, but I did want to spend some time looking for my ski, which I lost in an area right next to the hiking route. I searched for a good hour but I never found my ski, so I returned to the trail, slightly dejected (it was an excuse to get new skis though).
|Snow Camp, Hozameen, Lone Goat, and Red Mountain|
I sort of lucked out on the way back to Strawberry Flats, as the rain never got too heavy. However, once I was at the parking lot, it really started to pour. Sometimes these things have such perfect timing!
Overall, I think this is a really nice hike. It isn't overly long or strenuous, and it does have some nice views. For a shorter hike, one could take the cyclist/horse route to the top of the ski hill, where the nicest views are. Regardless, it's worth hiking around this area (though I'd recommend going in better weather).
You can find more information about the hike here.
You can read a more recent post on this trail here.
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