Field Notes: Chief Mountain
Elevation gain: 1129. Top: 11,709.
Climbing time for an average acclimated hiker: expect about an hour to the top and about the same on the descent.
A grove of bristle cone pines makes its home near the summit. Trees of this species are the oldest known living organisms on the planet.
The trailhead parking is limited. More parking is available in pull outs to the east and west of the trailhead and require a walk along the road of a half mile or so. There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead parking.
Trail is great for winter hiking and snowshoeing
Great bouldering opportunities are available in the rocks near the summit