As I stated in the main page climber's log, this route is fantastic! I ran into only one other group of three (on the way down) during the entire trip. You really feel as though you are the only soul on the mountain (and I hiked it over a holiday weekend no less!) 4 wheel drive not necessary to reach the trailhead, but a vehicle with higher than normal clearance would be recommended (if you want to chance it, borrow a high-lift jack, and it should get you out of any jams!)
"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