A group of us took this trail on a warm February 2017 day. It was a 9 mile round trip hike with 3054 foot elevation gain; especially the last half mile quite steep. Bring plenty of food and water, and plan to be in sunshine most the hike. Along the way we saw water in a tank, a small stream running down the hillside, and just when you think you are looking at the peak you discover it is back behind out-of-sight and 1.5 miles away! So glad to finally reach our lunch spot and turn-around point to head back down, although not easy in this direction either. Wished I saw some wildlife back there. Not many people on the trail, and I was very glad we were not doing this hike later in the year!