This is a very long and strenuous hike. We really only recommend this hike to advanced hikers who are prepared for a long, all-day adventure. This 18-mile shuttle hike begins on the Northeast Entrance Road 2.5 miles north of Tower Junction. You will be granted with beautiful open meadows, wildflowers, rolling hills and beautiful landscapes.
The trail climbs more than 3500 feet (but never too steeply) to the top of Specimen Ridge (Amethyst Mountain) in 10 miles. With a total elevation of over 9500 feet, you are sure to see the views you are looking for.
Before you begin any hike, we recommend that you get prepared and bring the right equipment. This includes, food, water, appropriate clothing, a flashlight, GPS and more! Always do your research and know what works best for you.