Very rigorous but the view is worth it! One of the best hikes I’ve ever done

Great hike!

santa was at the top giving out candy canes

Beautiful view at the top. I would rate the Cholla Trail as moderate until you get to the saddle and then it gets a little bit more difficult. Definitely worth going all the way if you have the shoes for it.

Awesome workout. It's a fun hike to push yourself on, with great trail running segments in the first mile or so. Gets to be treacherous in some parts later in the climb. Bring grippy shoes.

When in doubt, keep right when ascending, and left when descending.

Also, be sure to bring water. One 16oz bottle isn't sufficient, people. Also, leave your pilgrim dresses and burqas at home. That's just irresponsible on a hike like this.