If one does not have a horse it would be quite a trek, but we saw a number of folks doing just that. The trail is about five miles in and another five miles back. One can enter through the valley and backtrack or ride the full loop. It begins in high mountain paradise, a stream snaking through the valley, taking many pathways and filling every space save the huge boulders flanking it with lush grasses and rushes. We crossed the stream about seven times. Bear did a flawless job of plunging into the water, up to the belly in some places.
Then, turning a corner, Dome Rock comes into view. The enormity of this granite extrusion took away my breath. Birds of prey hung on the breeze. The sky was like a bottomless ocean. This is a place to see!
The route back, taking the entire loop, is UP HILL. And I mean that! My puir wee pony!!! What a climb.