This short and little-known trail makes a gentle climb into a wild, alpine basin. The hike begins on an old jeep trail that wanders up the willow-dotted meadows of Sayres Gulch. An imposing summit rises ahead, splitting the gulch into two lobes. Our route follows the western fork, wandering into the edge of a spruce forest before it becomes the footpath that will penetrate the upper reaches of the gulch. It wanders through the willows that line the floor of this glacier-carved valley, yielding nonstop views of the impressive but nameless peaks that rise all around. The trail becomes primitive as it passes the last of the timber, then runs out onto a flower-splashed meadow in the midst of the shrubs. The path fades out entirely in this meadow, but the verdant alpine landscape ahead beckons, inviting off-trail exploration.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||460 ft|
|Season||Mid-July to mid-September|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,970 ft|
|Top Elevation||11,400 ft|
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