We did this hike from the bottom to the top, 8 miles round trip. Within the first 100 feet there is a creek that we had to take our shoes off to cross. I'm sure the creek is seasonal and could easily be crossed outside of spring. The entire hike is 4 miles of sustained uphill followed by a 4 mile decent. The best views are at the top at the summit and the meadow which can be reached much easier from the top trail head. I would recommend taking trekking poles for this hike and save your knees. The trail guide says there is camping at the summit but the single campsite is build on rock chips making for a miserable place to pitch a tent. If camping bring an extra sleep pad or a hammock (there are trees at the summit).