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unbelievable views. somewhat technical. INCREDIBLY EASY to get off trail. I don't think I met one person in the trail that wasn't lost. getting off the trail can be VERY dangerous with steep hills and loose footing. my advise is that if you think you're off the trail... you are! after the first saddle, stay left. that being said, I'm in descent shape and I got it done up and down in 3.5 hrs. with 1 liter of water. that's with getting lost twice and eating lunch at the top. could've used a little more water. but doing it in 3 hrs with 1 liter is certainly doable. I recommend going in the morning. the hike up is entirely shaded then.
Amazing hike and totally worth the pain to get to the summit. Make sure to bring a minimum of 3 liters plus some as you will sweat a lot; its quite the workout. Also start out as early as possible as its starting to get hot this late in April. Saw people starting up the trail at noon as we were heading out and it was already too hot in my opinion. Stay safe and enjoy the hike!