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Old 10-07-2013, 10:29 AM   #8
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I did Gothics on Saturday with a group of nine of mixed abilities and experience level. In order to make the hike much more interesting for everybody (and a little bit longer) we started at the Garden and went up Ore Bed Brook and the "Cable Route" and descended over Pyramid and the Weld Trail. While being the most time efficient route up Gothics, the Lake Road/Weld Trail combination is, IMO, also the dullest with the exception of course of Pyramid Peak.

Total time for our group, including someone who wore brand new boots that pained him miserably, one full hour on the summit and a couple of bottlenecks on steep slippery passages above the cables, was just over 10 hours.

The only logistical exigency with this particular loop option is that you need two vehicles, you arrange for shuttle service or use a bike.
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