Gunsight Mountain Made it!
Gunsight Mountain: Elevation 6,441 feet
Time to the top: hiking fast uphill : 2 1/2 hours with lunch break
Total time Roundtrip: 3:52 minutes
Miles Round Trip 8.2
Okay, after trying to find the trail backpacking, we went back for a day hike. Thankfully, it was easy.
There is a pull off mile 118.5 on the Glen Hwy just past Sheep Mountain Lodge if coming from Palmer with a nice outhouse and no parking fee.
Head down the old road and turn right up the trail. For the first 2ish miles you will be on a well marked four wheel trail. It can be a bit muddy in places, but we stayed dry for walking around.
Major crossroad: Take a left on the first decision right when you see the pond. The road to the right takes you into the back woods around the mountain not to Gunsight.
|See James point to the left the "correct" way to go|
Then when you start getting to a flatish part, you will see a nice area for camping *4 wheel trail ends here. You will have a nice view of the Mountain. Then you will start to head up to the top. We found a nice little valley of bluebells to hike through.
There was a few trails if you hug the ridge line to the top, but we took a little switchback trail that approached the top closer to the left of the peak. On the way down, we hugged the ridge and enjoyed the little faster descent.
|at the top!|
A video of the descent.