A good, challenging hike to the top with beautiful views of the city. Parking is limited and the lot was full the first time I went past. The hike was extremely crowded and there were more than a few times I had to wait until someone came past either up or down the trail. Wear good shoes and pack plenty of water.
There are 38 posts (the last one at the top is not numbered, but the first 37 are). This is a little like a hike/easy rock climb (probably the top 3/4 of the hike I was inclined to hold on to a railing or a rock to keep moving forward) so a person with sensative hands may want to bring light hiking gloves. This hike kicked my butt (legs and my pecks were both sore for a few days after...I am not the most in shape person). While a park ranger and some others did pass me, I moved at a decent speed (no real water breaks but maybe a slower one-step-at-a-time approach) it took me almost exactly 60 minutes up and then almost exactly 60 minutes down (there are still some rocks on the way down and my legs were a little weaker so I went slow-and-steady style). There are connected two parking lots at the base and it is possible for the rangers to put a "lot full" sign up in which case there really isn't any other parking in this residential area. The lots are open from sunrise to sunset. There is also a bathroom (flushing water) and water fountains at the base. Overall, even though it was difficult, the view was great and because it is such a popular hike, there are normally always lots of people around (I wouldn't hesitate hiking it alone during the popular times).
I'm new to hiking, but I'm in decent shape. This trail was much more difficult than I thought it was going to be. Definitely a great challenge-- a lot more rock climbing than I expected! It was also much more crowded than I expected for a Tuesday mid morning. There was no parking around 10am, so the ranger directed us to park over a half mile away and there were only 6 spots in that lot. Luckily we were able to park there, but he said the next closest area to park is 2 miles out. No bueno. The hike itself is 5/5-- just wish there was more parking!