I hiked this trail early in the am (645ish) and took the trail up until it branched right or left. I took the trail going left and then found a random, rocky incline that basically went straight up to the top of the mountain. It was no joke! Great exercise! I loved it! Took the "regular" way back down to the lake. As always, bring enough water! When I left the parking lot there were massive groups just heading up. I was glad I went early since I like to hike with minimal amounts of traffic.
Great hike that is pretty much an uphill incline the entire way. Getting to the top is a great reward and offers really spectacular views. Not to mention restrooms, rest area and water fountains! That was good because we exhausted our water supply on the way up. No really shade, so plan accordingly.
Great trail! A bit steep at first, then smoothed out then gets steep again. Great for a nice cool morning, can get a bit hot when it's not breezy. Little pond/lake near it. Has a little park for little ones. Also has a bathroom near the parking lot. Parking can be complicated, not enough parking space.. If you can't find any, you can park in the street. Over all, I would do this again!