I had attempted the hike the weekend before, but the rangers closed it due to bear activity. I was secretly happy, as I don't do steep climbs well, thanks to my general laziness and layers of insulation. But I soldier on. My wonky depth perception troubles me on uneven surfaces, too, which this hike had in plenitude. In retrospect, I wish had taken more pics of the terrain to remind myself that I did it.
The beginning of the trail is deceptive--flat and wide. It quickly climbs at the trail head. Rocks, roots, switchbacks, sweat. I stopped looking up because I was tortured by the dots of neon from the fit hikers climbing up, up, up. Evil little beacons.
A quick rest at the graffiti rock, which turned out to be the top of the elevation gain.