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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Ethan Pond Trail
Route: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Willey), Willey Range Trail, Ethan Pond Trail
The next step on the knee rehab was to try and abuse it a bit. Thus, the steep second half of the ascent up Mt. Willey seemed like a good candidate.
The Ethan Pond Trail started off fairly steeply prior to becoming more gradual as it approached the Willey Range Trail junction (a spontaneous knee pain stopped me in my tracks briefly on the flats for some reason). From there, things lollygagged a bit before getting steep for the rest of the ascent up Willey, with patchy snow starting around 4,000 feet.
Though somewhat cloudy early on, things cleared up nicely, resulting in excellent views from both vistas.
I took my time descending, clearing out some of the winter's blowdowns. Not a bad day for Mt. Willey!
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Ethan Pond Trail trailhead
A painted trillium along the Ethan Pond Trail
Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Willey
Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 West from Bartlett. Shortly after passing Frankenstein Cliff (on the left), the Appalachian Trail crosses. Take a left here, proceeding past the overflow parking up to the end of the paved road and the parking area. The Ethan Pond Trail trailhead is also here, almost immediately crossing the railroad tracks.
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