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Try it counter-clockwise for a tougher finish back up Hobbs road before the switch-backs down to the visitor center which adds a nice view to the wind down after the climb. The only reason not to give it 5 stars is that you are on a road. But that's just me as I prefer trails when I'm hiking.
I've been on this hike many times and it is by far my favorite hike in the Bay Area. It is a challenge and quite terrifying if you are scared of heights but definitely worth doing. There is a rope to hold on to for the steep inclinations if you need. The view is breathtaking especially if you hike at sunrise or sunset. At the summit you can see all of Silicon Valley. My personal favorite is hiking el toro in the rain. It's so muddy but such a great experience.
We went in the reverse direction, which got cutoff out of the way earlier in the hike. I strongly recommend adding the additional couple of miles to take as many of the side single-tracks as possible: flat frog trail, jackass trail, china hole up to manzanita point, either springs trail or forest trail. you'll encounter more poison oak, but being off of the roads is worth it, and it's only an extra mile or so, with no additional elevation to speak of. Poverty Flat rd. to finish is a bit brutal.