We took the Chimney Pond and Saddle Trails up...and were a little happily surprised that it wasn't quite as hard as we might have thought. We at the gate at 5 am, on the trail at 5:40am and at the top at 10:30am. Trail was in the trees, up a gully, then 6" rocks in the fog to the top. Knife-edge was in the fog...which helped us not think about how far down it was on each side. Talking with folks we decided that hiking it to the summit rather than from the summit was much harder. It was do-able for two 50 yr olds in moderate shape. Hiking down the Helen trail was LONG and HARD...happy we didn't try to hike up that way. Just alot of rock hopping all the way. Last bit was back long the stream on Chimney Pond Trail...which was refreshing. Got back at 6 just before we would have needed flashlights...and many, many people who had signed in were not down yet. Great fun...glad we did it.
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