Alltrails gave it an easy rating and the photos people posted on it had some uphill, classic hike lookin’ shots and some shots where it would flatten out a bit for a nice quick break from the incline. So my momma and I decided to hit the trail (literally) with Laverne and even Petie since Alltrails made it seem so easy.
Lies. I wouldn’t consider it hard by any means but it was not at all what we had mentally prepared for and a little too hard for Miss Pete. It was uphill on rocky terrain the whole time. None of these nice break things we saw on Alltrails.
So we may have bailed a tad early, but I still feel we experienced the hike. And may I say, it’s one of my new favorite hikes.
I would consider it more easy to moderate depending on your fitness level. It’s your classic uphill, rocky, rooty, mountainy hike with trees and naturey goodness all around you. Wow. I just made up a whole bunch of words and Word was not happy about it.
To top it off, the views were amazing. The views on a hike are always the most important aspect for me and Chief Mountain delivered.
Because it’s a tad more in the mountains, make sure you pregame the water and keep drinking during the hike as well. Some natives are stupid and think only tourists need to drink lots of water when they head west. False. Just drink the water, its not worth hiking with a headache.
The popularity wasn’t too bad either, we saw maybe 4-5 other hikers/small groups and everyone was particularly friendly. That was on a weekday so weekends may be a tad busier as you would imagine.
My only other note is you park right off the road on Squaw Pass, so make sure you leash your dog at the very least on the road, peeps drive fast on that road.
I really don’t have too much else to say as I feel the pictures and video speak for themselves other than, I love this hike!