Brutal. Unforgiving. Gorgeous. All words I would apply to this trail. I brought about 50oz of water and boy, that was a mistake. Bring a camelbak or something. Lots of ups and downs. Certainly like life. Would have liked hiking poles for my return trip.
This is work. The geocaches and benchmarks and views are worth it, but it is work. The downhill parts beat up my knee and toes. It took over 9 hours round trip for our small group. It was worth it, and a reminder that I need to condition a bit to take on bigger hikes. I went for the summit and didn't go to the cliff on this one. Maybe next time.
Great hike for those looking for a challenge and multiple hours out on the trail. I completed it for the second time this past weekend and would highly recommend it for those training for a more challenging peak.
Make sure to have at least 3 liters of water and some food. Shoes with good traction are a must, as there are several steep inclines and declines. Trekking poles would probably be helpful coming down but I managed well without.
Got there early and knocked it out before noon. New PR on this one, under four hours. Lotsa people this time. I guess people are getting in shape for the new year? This one will definitely test your "resolution". Wah wah. Still love the views too.
Hiked this for the third time this year. 2 hours up and 2 hours down. Cold and a bit rainy. Trail was kinda washed out and very muddy - it had rained the day before. Great hike though. Will use this as a training hike for Whitney. In the spring, plan on climbing this twice (back to back) on the same day as a good training hike for Whitney (roughly equivalent to the total mileage and elevation gain of Whitney, but obviously not the high altitude).