Steep quickly out of the parking lot!! My wife and I did this hike and didn't make it until our second attempt. She is much on hiking and has a full knee replacement and I didn't want to push it towards the top not knowing what to expect. The day was getting late and the sun sets on the opposite side of the climb and it was going to get cold!! - okay, the hike. Wow, strenuous but worth it. I'd recommend to everyone. Unlike many of the descriptions of the hikes in this area - there is little to call flat- it climbs the entire time. We are in our 50's and the descent actually took more time than the accent - if you are 20-30 that won't make much sense to you!
Whoever rated this trail as easy is crazy! This trail was one of the most intense trails I have ever done. The majority of the trail is not marked and is very rocky. I'm actually glad that the trail was a little crowded because there were multiple times I could've gotten lost if I hadn't seen people further up the mountain. Also, beware of the rocks at the summit! They are sharp! I cut my leg pretty good on one of them. Overall though, this was one of those hikes that when you finish, you feel accomplished and proud. I will definitely do this again! Also, the trail is dog friendly!