My friend Bobby and I did this hike on what is probably the hottest day of the summer so far. We knew it was going to be hot, so we started early; we hit the trail just a few minutes past 8:00 A.M.
This was definitely the most difficult hike I've done this summer - in addition to the reasons I mentioned in the "difficulty" section, it was made especially challenging because of the heat; that just sapped the energy out of me!
When you're hiking you hope for stretches of flat ground (or very little incline) after climbing up for awhile - in this hike, whenever we saw flat areas in the path, they never lasted very long. We were continually moving upward throughout the hike.
I took a GPS with me, and was interested to see how jagged and irregular our trail was. I was glad we didn't go STRAIGHT to the top - that would have been unbearably steep!
A little over a mile into the hike, you'll hit the "connector" trail - this is the trail that leads to the (more...)