Quite an amazing hike. Definitely provided a challenge especially with the weather we had (around 85°) and there isn't much cover so make sure to dress light for the the sun on hotter days. Pack plenty of food and water, and it's worth noting you can't drink the water at the top unless you have a water filter that can take care of Giardia. The challenge really comes about 3/4 through the hike near the giant rock you climb, which is where a lot of the elevation is. Also worth noting that it would be extremely fun to do a backpacking trip there.
For a highly trafficked trail there weren't a lot of hikers the Sunday we made the trek. We hiked with our two big dogs and were worried about the heat but there was plenty of little runoff creeks for them to drink from. We packed extra water but didn't need to use any of it. It was a fun hike! Only saw one snake. We didn't take the "Meadow Loop" but some other hikers we asked said it is definitely worth it.
My girlfriend and I gave this a go about a week ago, and I echo most of the reviews in saying it was a really great and fun hike. We got on it around 8:30 and though the parking lot was full (it's pretty small) we found convenient street parking right by the bridge to the trail. We only saw a handful of people/groups during our hike up, and enjoyed feeling like we had it mostly to ourselves. It felt deceptively longer than the roughly 3-4 miles to summit, but we had no complaints. We didn't see snakes, as some have reported but saw a few deer and chipmunks. As others have stated, the last leg of the summit trail wasn't well marked and required a little scrambling, but the views up top were well worth the effort. Bring plenty of water and maybe some grub to enjoy up top. Oh, and consider wearing pants, not shorts, as there was poison ivy just off the trail in several places. Enjoy!
This was a very good local somewhat challenging hike with great views. The trails were somewhat overgrown, uneven, loose rock and some hand and foot climbing at Grey Rock. Just what a couple of 50+ year old men were looking for in a hike. We generally aren't looking for a city park path to hike.
It's worth noting that some of the trail at Grey Rock was hard to discern and some worn path areas can easily lead you off the path. However, you're not going to get lost and it's pretty straight forward to recognize and get back on trail.
The burnt-out trees and the quite flat inset at the summit area provided a unique eeriness, which added to the hike.
We only saw about 14 people, some with dogs. Not bad for a local hike and the 7.4 mile trek (Loop & summit).
The fact that the trail was built in 1910 was interesting and makes you think about the surveying, planning and constructing the trail at that time period. Something to appreciate.
Many people mentioned plenty of water. I would agree. The distance, dips, rises and overall ascent will drain you. Stay hydrated my friends.
I would highly recommend this local, somewhat challenging, hike.
90+ degrees made for a long day. Did the full loop taking the Meadow Trail for the way down. It was much longer than the way. For the effort required and the temp that day 2 liters was NOT enough water. That said the scramble to the summit and it 360 degree view made it all worth while. This hike will stay with me for a long time.
Interesting but rocky trail. Steep grades & some light rock climbing in spots. Lots of plants, berries and even some grapes & plums which surprised us. Pretty good workout but the views near the top are worth it. We just did the loop with the dog and even she was worn out afterwards. It's all uphill to the midpoint and of course almost all downhill coming back. I'd do this trail again and recommend it to mid level and above hikers.
This hike was pretty brutal. Bring plenty of water and food, and you'll want to give yourself at least 5 hours to get back to your car. Very rocky terrain, especially on the rock trail. The meadows trail is longer, but I found it to be much easier. When you get to the rock portion of the climb, keep going towards the peak on the west side of the hill. That's where you'll find the little pond, and the views from there are insane. I thought the trail was pretty overgrown, but nothing impassable. Overall I had a good time, but I'd say it's not for beginners.