Excellent directions. Last 50 yards uphill to parking lot was washboarded. Initial hike from trailhead is downhill or level on forest road. About 10 minutes to first switchback from TH and then route goes seriously uphill. Quite warm on top, but still a lot cooler than Raleigh which has had 100 degree temps six days in a row. Will likely climb again next year and bushwhack over to Big Rock.
Followed directions and worked well. Only exception is there is a T in the trail w/ an old road to the left and the trail to the right. Either actually works (came back that way but much longer)but the trail is to the right. (didn't see the "cairn" as described.... Beautiful view and had a good time on the rocks. Wanted to figure out how to get to the "big rock" (i guess it is called) but missed it - if anyone has good directions to that, I would be interested.....
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