| Standard Route - North Ridge - solo female
FIRST AND FOREMOST -
I want to recognize, give kudos to, show appreciation for the CFI teams out there, and specifically the one that spent serious time on this route this summer. A big THANK YOU to Nicole Fox and Eric Haggstrom of CFI. The two of them were working on the trail when I was coming down- they have several more weekends planned of work on it.
I know some of the trip reports highlight this is a challenging climb because the route is not well defined etc. No more. CFI has done an AMAZING JOB . The route up, all but the final push where it is obvious where you are going, is easy to follow. The route through much of the scree is enjoyably defined, laid out and made up of flat surfaces. It’s a nice hike through it-if you can imagine that! The rest of the trail is clear and easy to follow, even when you are tired. I can't imagine how backbreaking the hours were for the CFI crew to pull this one together. - Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The hike -
I think other trip reports have the actual hike covered well. It took my dog and I three hours and forty minutes to summit from the TH.
Coming down from the peak, I took the advice of other posts here and stayed really left, and I mean really left. I would advice noticing where you arrived on the top exactly and start down at that point taking the angle you arrived on and then just head down, keeping your eyes open for the first cairn down below. Do be aware you need to not drift right as you are coming down until you see that cairn.
The road -
I agree with others. Its passable by normal car. I have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle however and I appreciated being able to just "drive" through everything. The road has one section that is really rutted right now because of logging trucks rolling onto it so the ruts run crosswise on the road. That is the only area that may cause a low clearance car trouble. Those ruts will eventually get ran out though given vehicles are crossing over them, perpendicular to the ruts.
Half Moon Campground -
I stayed in the Half Moon Campground. I know that most info on the campground states the fee is 'voluntary". I am not sure that is the case anymore. The fee station doesn't indicate its voluntary. It states those that fail to comply with posted rules will be prosecuted. - doesn't sound voluntary. It is $10 a night, 'checkout' is 2pm. And believe it or not, a campground patrol happened while I was there! A police car also cruised through while I was there!
The campsites are really nice. A creek runs through the campground. The sites are wooded and well separated for the most part. They have picnic tables, fire rings and plenty of space. You are away from the hubbub of the trail head so its quiet and relaxing.