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!)
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."