4.5 mi to summit

10.3 mi total


7,564 ft start

11,107 ft max


4,015 ft gain


5 hr 18 min to summit

11 hr 55 min total

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As far as worst hikes go, this wasn't the worst experience I've had, but it is in the top 10. We should have quit when we came across a downed tree that blocked the road, adding at least a mile one way, to the trail head. The other warning we should have heeded was that the mountain peak, at all times, looked impossible. We followed the main road, on foot, past the downed trees, made our way to a gully, and stayed in the gully for what seemed like forever. At the end of the gully, we began our ascent to the ridge line. Jessica went up one route, and I went up another, and we came down a 3rd route. All 3 routes were miserable and far beyond what I was expecting for the day. Both our routes up required class 3 scrambling, class 4 in short sports, and scree. Once at the ridge line, we died a little on the inside as Currant Mountain was much higher and farther away from the ridge than we expected. All reports that we read stated that we needed to follow the ridge line all the way to the peak, LIES. Yes, one follows the ridge line for most of it, but the ridge cliffs out near the summit requiring one to class 4 down climb on lose scree and rock. Once finished with the down climbing, one must climb a mountain of scree to make the peak. There was no register at the peak, and the marker was either missing or buried under a pile of rocks. The decent required one to be on all 5s (hands, feet, and ass). The amount of scree, talus, and misery on this hike was incredible. After the hike, I needed to replace my shoes, socks, pants, backpack, and camera bag. Good times.