Penelope May and I had the most beautiful trip climbing the peak on New Year's Day,2011. The road from the Valley of Fire is bad, bordering on true 4WD in places. Disregard the old DPS (cc 2004) driving instructions, presently high clearance vehicle is absolutely required and you'll be happy to have a 4WD!!! We managed to get within about 1/2 mile of the dirt road's end. The hike via Hidden Valley is really beautiful and the scramble from the saddle up very nice. Aestheticaly, this is one of the best desert peaks we have done in many years, the scenery is outstanding. There was snow on the ground and on the rock, slowing us down a little, but making the scrambling sections really neat. Cold winter day. 8.5 hours RT.