The Platinum Chair Lift, which runs up the Face by the Lift House, is a great way to see the sights at the top of the world at an elevation of 10,350 feet. The chair lift ride is a sightseer’s delight, from the breath-taking view of the surrounding peaks, including Wheeler, New Mexico’s highest at 13,161 feet, to the wonders of Colorado to the north.
If you are a mountain biking enthusiast, take your bike on the lift with you and travel the meadows, trails and ski area roads that wander about the mountain. If you enjoy competition, consider entering the Harder Than Hell Mountain Bike races in August. Last year’s event drew riders from eight states and Canada.
The serenity and beauty of the forest provides the chance for some great hiking and maybe a picnic lunch.
Once you arrive at the top of the mountain, you might want to stop at The Tip restaurant for something cold to drink and a burger, in case you forgot your picnic basket. Dine outside on the large deck or just sit and watch the eagles and hawks soar overhead.
P.S. A word of advice. Make sure your trip to the mountain top includes some wet weather gear. While afternoon showers are not an everyday occurrence, the rain clouds can move in fast and the air temperature can drop quickly. Don’t forget some sunscreen, too.