If you live in the Sun Valley area, Hyndman is one of the anchors of the landscape. It's one of the small number of Idaho 12er's (elev 12,009) and the tallest peak in the close-in Pioneer range. It beckons. Always. Six miles trailhead to top, with about 5,000 feet of vert, there's a lot of steep hiking, including a talus scramble up the last 3/4 mile, but much of it is pretty runnable.
I can't say exactly what it was about yesterday's outing - that I was feeling good, that the trail on the return was feeling soft and fast, that it was a windfall long run - but for the first time since my knee went south last winter, I felt like a trail runner. I felt like myself. It was a great afternoon.
|Looking at Hyndman from near the Pio Yurt|
|Heading up the Hyndman Basin, looking at Cobb Peak|