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Mt. Willey
Harts Location, NH, Bethlehem, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Ethan Pond Trail
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!

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Willey
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 18, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:36 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,440'
Destination: Mt. Willey
Ascent Commenced: 4:36 PM
Summit Reached: 6:03 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:27
Trailhead Elevation: 1,440'
Summit Elevation: 4,285'
Distance: 2.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,880'
Hike Ended: 8:05 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:29
Hike Distance: 5.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,915'

Ethan Pond Trail trailhead
Ethan Pond Trail trailhead

A painted trillium along the Ethan Pond Trail
A painted trillium along the Ethan Pond Trail

Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Willey - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Willey

Topographic map of Mt. Willey - Click to enlarge

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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