Although this is the longest hike in the book and has the greatest elevation range, it’s the shortest route to Grasshopper Peak, the highest point in HRSP. It does use a seasonal bridge; the Grasshopper Multi-use Trail from the north is the shortest year-round alternative. The route climbs gradually up the east flank of the mountain, with only a few short steep sections. It’s mostly in shade with short open stretches through areas heavily burned in the 2003 Canoe Fire; it’s interesting to see how much more damaging the fire was at the upper elevations. The nearly 360º view from the top is well worth the effort of getting there.
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