August 05, 2019 · Community
It was supposed to get above 80F today so hit the trail early. Left the hotel about 8:15 and had a straight uphill on road out of town. By the time I got to trailhead half hour later, I was already sweating. Then began a serious number of switchbacks, very steep and lot of elevation fast. Slow going. I made it to Refugio Bertone by 10:40, so about two hours from trailhead. The trail went a bit higher then leveled off and I started making good time. The trail was flat, a gentle up and down and mostly in the shade, which really helped with heat issue. Made it to Refugio Benotti by 1 p.m.