Longs and Thatchtop in the early morning.
Last week I felt great though the weather wasn't the best. This week I hadn't been as active as the previous, and I felt like I was dragging a bit, though it ended up taking me only two hours and ten minutes to summit Flattop from Bear Lake.
Gabletop find Stones Peak to the left, and the unranked and unoffically named Stapps Peak on the right. They looked far, far away.
Snowdrift Peak and Snowdrift Lake.
I continued around point 12277 before leaving the trail and heading towards Sprague Pass.
third time I have seen anything up here, kind of surprising considering how much off trail time I have!
Though I didn't do it until the way back, I would suggest staying close to the ridge line for the easiest travel. The rock seems to be pretty solid here, while there is looser talus farther down. Staying to the south of any difficulties worked well.
Odessa Lake, Lake Helene, Two Rivers Lake and Joe Mills Mountain. This was a last minute bail out plan if things were looking bad. But I felt I was close enough to the trail to get down quickly.
There were a fairly large amount of people on Flattop, and I passed a ton of people on the way down since I was trying to jog/run some of it. I felt a few raindrops as I got back to the parking lot, and it started to rain and thunder in earnest on the drive down.
Though I didn't feel great, I was still able to pull off 20ish miles and 6500 feet of elevation gain (a personal best) in only ten hours. Though the maximum technical difficulty here is only second class, there is a ton of time spent above treeline and you have to have good weather predicted for the day. While visible from large portions of the park, these peaks are not very accessible, with all approaches being long and requiring huge amounts of elevation gain, with lots of ups and downs on the way out and back. While entirely worth it, getting to these places is a serious undertaking.
Stones Peak, Stapps Peak, and Sprague Mountain via Bear Lake th:
Stones Peak, 12922 feet: 9.8 miles one way, 3472 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Stapps Peak, 12736 feet: 10.55 miles one way, 3286 foot gain. Second class. Strenuous.
Sprague Mountain, 12713 feet: 8.7 miles one way, 3263 foot gain. Strenuous.
This hike as a whole will cover approximately 21 miles and gain 6500 feet of gross elevation. Strenuous+.