Courtney Summits Timber Peak

Timber Peak is a perfect "starter hike" at about 8,300 feet and a short nine miles up and back.

Courtney never liked hiking when she was younger. In fact, I think both my kids hated it. I didn’t have high hopes when I asked Courtney to join me on a hike; to my surprise, she said yes!

I thought Timber Peak would be the perfect starter hike, at about 8,300 feet of elevation and a short nine miles roundtrip. The Icehouse Canyon trailhead near Mount Baldy is easy to get to, and permits are self-serve, so there’s no need to plan ahead.

As expected, Courtney was a little winded starting out. We stopped a few times on the first mile. But after the third mile she hit her stride with energy to spare.

We stopped for a snack at Icehouse Saddle, then started the last mile to the summit. There’s a quarter-mile sign on the plateau near the summit before the steep final 200 yards.

The funny think about hiking is, the closer you get to the summit, the farther away it seems to be. It’s all mental, but it’s a real challenge. Near the top, your mind tells you that you’ll never make it. When we reached the last 200 yards, Courtney hit a mental wall. She admitted later that she wondered if she could reach the summit. As predicted, when we did make the summit, Courtney immediately forgot all her pain and suffering.

She admitted later that she wondered if she could reach the summit. As predicted, when we did make the summit, Courtney immediately forgot all her pain and suffering.

We stayed a few minutes on the summit, had some water, and took a selfie. I gave Courtney a 5-Hour Energy for getting down the mountain. It worked so well I had trouble keeping up with her! Now that she’s done Timber Peak, she’s going to do the Six Pack of Peaks with me. I’m pumped. This is going to be awesome!

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