One of my all-time favorite hikes! The good trail up the scenic canyon leads to a saddle in the ridge, which is a short ways from the summit. Incredible views and exposure reward you at the summit. Give yourself at least 5 hours from the highway to make the trip.
Since I spent most of the morning hiking and exploring other nearby areas I didn't arrive at the trailhead until 4:30 p.m. I threw on a camelback and hustled up the trail reaching the summit at 6:00. Spectacular viewscape from the top. The trail was interesting as well with high canyons and a variety of fauna. From the top I saw a storm heading my way and hustled back to the truck by 7:30. I'd like to due the hike again when I have more time to enjoy all that this trail has to offer.
"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