Bair Canyon is especially pretty (lower portion) during the early fall--One good alternate trail is, instead continueing on the main trail at the end of the old jeep road, follow the less beaten path right up the side of the mountain. You'll reach the Orange flag at the top the hill. Fairly steep but it's a Nice 30 minute hike-climb with great views.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe