Sangree Froelicher Hut Trail #1503
ElevationAscent: 948' 289 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 11,624' 3,543 m
Low: 10,679' 3,255 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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From here, cross the shallow creek (to your left). Be prepared to wade since it is too wide to jump if there is run-off. Follow the old road about 0.2 miles more and an arrow leads you into the woods. The trail is lovely from here – soft, quiet, lots of easy flat stretches. Continue into open meadows and shallow switchbacks that lead up side of the hill. Great view of Mt. Sherman, and if it's summer, pause to appreciate the gorgeous sunflowers turning their heads in sync with the sun.
I expected a hut. Wow. Sangree-Froelicher is a gorgeous three-story affair. It was locked but the upscale bathrooms were open. There were no occupants so the veranda was a great place to stop for lunch. It is overall a fairly easy run and a good place to gain some exposure to the altitude.
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