Route: Richmond Trail
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: supranihilest
Info: The Richmond Trail is super steep and unrelenting, something like 1,200 vert per mile the entire way up. Only near Richmond Pass does the trail flatten somewhat. From Richmond Pass there's a couple of use trails up Hayden Mountain South. One stays closer to ridge crest through the rotten towers and rock on the ridge, the other skirts below it to the west. Neither is really better than the other and both are loose. Past the trash on the ridge the ridge broadens a bit and eventually leads into the last few hundred feet of gray chip rock to the summit. This stuff is super junky but there are trails to the summit. Instead of taking the full Richmond Trail back down I took the Full Moon Trail where it meets the Richmond Trail. It fades in and out a bit through some marshy stuff up high but eventually gets nice as it drops down towards the road. It's not a shorter or faster way down.