Truck Summit via NF9021 6/4/2016

The Eponymous Truck
The Eponymous Truck

I finally made it to Truck Summit.  The normal route is straight up Zig Zag to the old road that leads to the truck, but I really wanted to try to complete the hike Derek and I tried a few months ago on snowshoes.  We did not get very far, thanks to the blow downs but the trail genies have done their magic and everything was just fine.

Hot day and I got on the trail at 5am and beat the worst of the heat.  Plenty of interesting sights along the way:

Along the trail
Along the trail
The sun peaking over the mountains to the north
The sun peaking over the mountains to the north
This is avalanche territory in the winter
This is avalanche territory in the winter

Just in case anyone is ever looking for Zig Zag from the road at which the trail tops out (about 2700 feet) here is what it looks like from NF9021:

Top of Zig Zag Trail
Top of Zig Zag Trail

The start of the section that leads to the truck is just across the road from this spot.  Once you get up to about 3,200 feet the trail turns south and you get a long stretch with a very nice western view of the neighborhood:

Looking west from Truck Summit trail
Looking west from Truck Summit trail

There is still just a bit of snow on some of the northern faces:

Still a little snow up there
Still a little snow up there

Here is the route on Google Earth, about 11.4 miles, 2,900 feet elevation gain, 5h 45min.  Nice hike and next time I will do it the normal way and go down along NF9021, past where all the shotgun target shooters leave their garbage.

The route on Google Earth
The route on Google Earth

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