16 Golden Stairs

The final challenge before the summit is known as the 16 golden stairs. A stair refers to a set of switchbacks. One left hand switchback and one right hand switchback combined make for one "stair". I suggest not trying to keep track as you ascend these. This also represents the most difficult section of the trail. While the trail itself is still fairly easy, it does go through some very steep terrain and can be quite interesting if any part of this section of trail is still holding snow.