This hike was strenuous indeed, but I had a great time. Even though the trails were crowded and both summits packed, the views and the experience were certainly worth the trip. Originally I was going to solo hike Mt. Jackson, but I was worried that with a farther ride, I would not start early like I would have liked to. With the hikes to Mounts Lafayette and Lincoln, I was pretty sure that the parking lot would not be full by the time I arrived. I had also been reading trail reports prior to this hike and all said not to expect any solitude on these trails especially on summer weekends. So with the hike distance and my pace, there were many others on the trails I was certain I'd come in contact with. As with my previous solo hikes, I left instructions with my family members, packed cold weather clothing and took along 3L of water, Vitamin water and doubled my food supply.
From the Greenleaf Hut to the summits are all above treeline. Greenleaf Hut