The first half of the hike (to the pass) was special. For the first two miles we walked through pines occasionally separated by flower filled meadows. After that, we entered large meadows until right before the climb to the summit. The climb to the summit is significant and should not be considered unless you are in good shape.
As we crossed the pass, we entered a different hike on the other side. Well manicured switchbacks walked by glaciers and huge fields of beargrass. There were several amazing cascading waterfalls that sparked throughout the canyon.
During the first half the hike we discovered huge, man eating flies. If you stop, they attempt to devour you. "Off" wipes seem to discourage biting. During the summer of 2017, the last 2.5 miles of the hike was through burned out forest. Although the undergrowth is coming back, there is a not a lot of shade.
We saw a grizzled across the creek on the second half of the hike!