Lots of great scenery. Started by taking the wrong route. Had to turn around due to weather (Thunderstorms were in the distance). My friend was also havign knee and hip problems. We barely made it back to the vehicle by sunset. If I would have summited alone, we would have been hiking in the dark down the mountain. I'll try again sometime.
Very enjoyable hike amongst some beautiful granite formations. I have done it twice and both times it was very windy. Maybe someday I'll get to do it on a calm day. Our photos are here: Spirit Peak hike
Awesome! In terms of scenery, tranquility and the unlimited scrambling, exploratory options, this is one of the finest desert peaks I've ever done.
-10/10/09: Did it again with DB, Dimples and Lori C. From the top of Spirit, I traversed over to Devils Thumb (5,189). Our group met up again in the canyon west of Spirit-Devils Thumb that afternoon. After a nice break, we walked the last couple miles south to the trailhead.