For unrelenting in-your-face beauty you cannot beat this roadside, paved quarter-mile jaunt. Towering granite peaks, white granite outcrops, and a mix of conifers makes this a rest stop like no other.
This hike may be taken either way. If any member of your group has limitations the lower end of the trail (right-hand entrance) provides for easier terrain and the best views.
The first 200 yards of this trail are a paved but narrow trail with a handrail. Initially your way is shrouded in subalpine firs draped in wolf’s lichen, but quickly the views open up to an expansive view of high alpine beauty, where the Liberty Bell group of peaks steals the show.
The namesake’s east face rises a sheer 2000 feet above sinuous Highway 20 below. Ranges of jagged ridgelines fall away in succession; Vasiliki Ridge, Snagtooth Ridge, Kangaroo Ridge; it is a veritable alpinist’s wonderland for the low admission price of pulling off the highway. In season, your views of golden larches spreads across the apron of Liberty Bell, will be the easiest won autumn colors you’ll ever see.
After the trail’s first overlook the route gets a lot steeper. A set of stairs, some natural granite outcrops, and a steepish section of pavement makes this trail a more of a challenge for those with mobility concerns. Luckily there are a few benches to sit, relax, and luxuriate in this Odinesque terrain. Stay and enjoy the view; your car is just around the corner and there is no rush.