troy peck

Great Hike, Too Many People

This was my first 14er, and a good work out it was. Had excellent views and mainly had the trail to myself on the ascent. Got to the trail head around 0445 Sunday morning. Already saw headlamps making their way up to the summit. Started hiking just after 0500 and made the summit around 0800. Had a few minutes to relax with a few folks at the summit just before a slew of people started making their way up as well. Got crowded quickly. There was a fair amount of trash on the summit and along the trail, mainly water bottles and food wrappers, which I picked up. However, the dirty toilet paper and bags of dog crap weren't coming with me. If you feel the need to push your dog through any hike, pleas take its waste with you or just leave it there sans bag. I'd rather see a pile pop that a bag of poo just left there. There also seems to be a lack of trail etiquette, if you need to take a rest, the rocks in the middle of the trail are not the place.