This is an excellent walk for the geologically inclined. For someone not into geology, it's just a hike with a nice view at the top. This trail is close to 8 miles round trip with a little walking on top.
There is about 2000 feet of elevation gain. It's a tough hike for someone not used to the elevation or heat. I've done this hike twice, once in spring with record heat and again in July with normal heat. I don't think I'll do this hike again in the summer or during a heat wave unless I'm on the trail by 8am. I think it would be a great hike for fall winter or spring. There is VERY little shade on this trail.
Beware of weather, most storms come from the NW and you won't know they are coming if you're on the trail up or down. They can come over the mountain pretty quick.
Started the hike at 10am and finished at 3pm with some stops to read about the geology from the park services guide. Highly recommend down loading the guide for the trail map if nothing else. Carry a lot of water and some food. I went through a 20 oz sports dink and all of the water in a 100oz camel back. I put a lot of ice in the camel back and nice cool water for the entire hike.
Bring at least a pocket camera, the views from the top are pretty nice.
Good bathrooms at the trail head.
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