ken, what did the posts say about this, in terms of being a tough hike? i don't have the Backpacker in front of me, but i'll check it again later, and put some more details up. i think it pretty much follows the roads up from Westgard Pass all the way up, so it's probably 7000 of vertical, but at road grade climbing. of course, it would be melting snow for water and all that, which is why it would be a learning experience for me. i've done a three week hike mostly on snow, but with melting snow (water) available. more details to follow.
also, i figured since it's in Backpacker, it can't be THAT tough. not tougher than us BPLers! :)