We tried this route a few weeks earlier, but we were driven back by severe snow on the way to Blue Mountain. The route is very difficult to find at a few points due to the widespread burn area, but even though the trail is faint with a good map it's navigable. Even on a fine afternoon, we encountered light snow this time too (mid April). Beware the false summit of Blue Mountain (it's approx 10.7 miles out) and enjoy several vistas both out and on the way back. Even with the fire, it's a gorgeous area.
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