How Should I Pace Myself?
The mountain tends to pace most people all by itself, but definitely no need to sprint at the beginning and then tucker out on Heartbreak Hill. If for some reason, you really can’t make it to the top, you can pretty much ski off from any point along the ridge.
Also, never a bad idea to put the Highlands Patrol phone number in your phone in case something goes wrong. 970-544-3052
Insider Tip: Don’t Let Heartbreak Hill Break You
About 2/3 thirds of the way in, some people may feel like they have really made a terrible mistake, but fear not. You are on Heartbreak Hill, a long uninterrupted pitch that seems to go on forever. It does not. You just have to slog on and when you reach a nice bit of flat at the end, you are not exactly done, but you have definitely past the hardest part and it’s just another few minutes before you summit.
Is There Any Etiquette I Should Know About?
Locals may be trying to squeeze in a lap before they are due at work. Others are trying for a PR (Personal Record). Either way, be mindful of people you are surpassing or others trying to pass you. When passing, you should create a passing lane to the side and carry on at your own pace while respecting other hikers. When stopping to rest, make sure you simply step to the side when comfortable at a reasonable distance from the line of traffic.
What am I looking at from the summit?
Drink in that views of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak to the South, Red Mountain to the North and Aspen Mountain to the East.