*Note. I'm submitting this because the old FKT's are on the old trail.
Updated route info:
The Old Route Via Ghost Falls Trail Head is no longer possible. The section right at Ghost Falls TH is now Down Hill Mountainbike Only (they also reclaimed a section of trail for regrowth). They have also established a new trail that bypasses the famous Jacobs Latter segment due to erosion. The Trial is now longer and has a new starting location at Pineview Trailhead.
I've been training to do this route fast even before the route changes. I had been chipping my way toward the ascent record for the last 3 years or so. My PR to the top is 2 hours which is dang difficult. The new trail to the summit is 8 miles with 5,500 ft of vertical. Not a lot of space for running if you want to get it fast. I run where I can and have found some ways to quicken my time on the trail. I lightened my pack to the essentials (waist belt) and drank all my fluids days before the attempt to make my ascent the easiest and fastest.
This is normally an 8-12 hour hike for some due to the elevation. I'm so proud of what I've been able to do on this trail and will continue to try and beat my PR.