I have done the eastern route, Condor Peak Trail, twice in the last two weeks. It's really good this spring. I live 15 minutes away and have neglected this trail for years thinking it was just hot steep boring chapparal. Boy was I wrong. This trail is incredible! Mile 5 is exceptional. As nice as any high mountain trail anywhere. I plan to repeat it many times.
"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