Originally Posted by Toby Puttzinski
Thanks Ben and Jeff for helping Dee to set up the course!! I'm super excited to play the summit holes for the first time... it's too bad that JR and I didn't make it up there Saturday as I'd hoped-- we'd have been glad to help set up the course...
I have a few questions... if a guy were to play the front nine and then walk up to the summit, how long would it take... is the road mostly clear? Would you say that you were roughly a third of the way there after 9 holes, or? How treacherous are the fairways at this point?
After Hole 9 is the hike on Bruce's Damn Goat Trail to Hole 10. From there you would have to hike up another 1800+ vertical feet. Probably would take an hour. The road is clear because they plowed it earlier this season and the snow has melted. The only trecherous fairway is Hole 3, about 3' of snow.
It is worth the $20 to take the lifts up because you get a view, 8 of 9 holes are downhill (hole 9 is flat), and you could get two chairlift rounds in a day if you hoofed it. The ride from the base to the summit only took 15 minutes. Next time I go, I am playing the 9 holes down, and getting on the Rainier Express (half way) and playing the 9 again, then on to the rest of the course to the base.