This is a very good day hike, give yourself 3 hours to complete comfortably. The trail starts up the mountain gradually with moderate inclines and switchbacks to the first "landing" area. Take a break here and enjoy the views because the next 1/4 mile is very steep, rocky and generally tough. If you guts this out you arrive at the Army camp area that has facilities and is a good place for a second break. For the rest of the ascent, you can chose either a moderate switchback trail or a shorter more aggressive straight up path. I take one up and the other down. Stop and enjoy the views at the top with shear cliffs affording unobstructed west/northwest views. Predatory birds catch thermals during warm weather. I have had a few snake sightings but none poisonous (black, milk). I do this often (local) and recommend giving it a try.
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