Ballard Boardinghouse

TIME: About 3.5 hours one way to the boardinghouse; 6 to 8 hours total, returning on the same trail or through Deertrail Basin

DISTANCE: 7+ miles round trip

ELEVATION GAIN: Near 3,200 feet

MAXIMUM ELEVATION: 12,080 feet

DIFFICULTY: Extremely difficult

TRAILHEAD: 1.1 miles from the Bear Creek bridge to the first open meadow