Hike to the top or be lame. I did the hike to the top of the peak Wednesday around noon with my dog. I didn't see another should past the Y. The trail is very narrow but easy to follow (except at the very top). There was a bit of mud around the top. I would probably wear real hiking boots next time (I was just wearing Nike sneaks). The one bad thing about having my long haired dog with me was that he was covered in burrs after because the trail is so narrow, but he kept me motivated! Took about 5 hours total with many breaks.
Amazing hike, especially in the fall when all the aspens, oaks, and maples are in color. As other reviewers have mentioned, the first part is quite easy as it follows the trail up the canyon in order to put you at the back of the mountain, then it gets difficult as you actually start the climb. Easily one of THE best views of the valley, especially since you get the 3,000 foot drop off the cliff.
While the site puts the length of this trail at 7.1, by my measurement it was 8.4. Either way a great hike!
Dopest hike I've been on, started off with walk on asphalt pathway leading to the actual trail, once on trail the amount of colors in the trees, the wet cliffs as it started raining and then as the hike got higher and higher the snowfall was majestic. Then once you get up to the top the wind is blowing and the view is otherworldly, you can see the various mountain ranges with their respective snow covered peaks. Although my phone ran out of battery recording the trail with less than a mile to go so I couldn't get a picture but I didn't mind haha, make sure to bring adequate clothing as I thought shorts, and a t-shirt was good enough #couldntfeelmyhands awesome hike tho, I ran it every once in a while so it takes 1:45 to get to top, and 45 min to get to the bottom.
A great hike that feels like a workout. I find it boring if I'm alone, the views are great at parts but nothing spectacular -- bring a friend and chat the entire way up and it's awesome.
My 5 year old can make it to the first water fountain, but not without a lot of complaining.
Loved this hike! Honestly, the steepest parts of the trail are the ones up to the Y itself. After that it's a pretty steady but not killer uphill, though there are a few hundred yards toward the top which go back to being steep. A nice day hike, beautiful in the fall and an amazing view. The trail is very easy to find and follow up to the top.
Shoes with good traction are an absolute must. The trail is clearly defined, but it is rocky/gravelly enough in areas to make you slip. Heck, I was wearing Solomons and still slipped a few times going down.
Whatever construction was previously mentioned is finished now. The trail is fully accessible with new signs going up to the Y.
Only hiked to the Y - we did so with 4 kids under the age of 6. Decent incline but it was too short and there are waaaaay too many people on this trail for me; definitely not 'moderately trafficked' (at least the first third). But, all said it's a good one with kids!