stars Rushwald April 30, 2020 This is an excellent hike that is particularly good during the summer when other hikes in the area such as granite, defiance, etc are crowded on a weekend. This hike does not get a lot of traffic maybe because it is 3000 ft of gain. A note of caution: the summit block is a class 3 scramble with the potential for serious consequences. Just remember going down is much harder than going up. If you fall while climbing the block you will not survive as unfortunately some have demonstrated! Right now the trail is mostly under heavy snow so be prepared for that. We did not need microspikes or ice axes but you either need a track or maybe can follow other's tracks. There are 4-5 avalanche chutes to cross. Make sure you know the conditions of the day before attempting to cross these.