The first leg of the hike was a mile long 45 degree grade. My calves screamed with every step. But, I agreed to make the trip so, my best move was to move to the head to of the line so that I could slow it down. And it worked!!! The leader would stop every few yards and give us a rest. YES!!
When we got to the 1 mile mark, two of the hikers left the hike. We had managed to hike one mile south of where we started and were essential back in town. And since our destination was north of us, we questioned the purpose of the trail. But, we continued on.