Pretty quick trip. Lingered awhile at the top taking in the views of Estes and Moraine Park. Made a small fire for 'ambiance'. Good day with good weather.
climbed a few times...good snow free trail (for the most part) in the winter...
2 hours roundtrip
hot and dusty (lots of horses on this trail), not particularly memorable otherwise
A pleasant hike with a nice summit view.
Total ascents = 11.
A little over an hour to ascend. Found a group of people on the summit who rode horses up there. The guide, complete with cowboy hat and Levi's, stumbled upon the summit marker that he had never seen before. After he asked out loud what it was, I told him. I guess cowboys don't know much about mountaineering?
Combined this with a hike to Mills Lake to make a great day.
Climbed with my mom. This is the most effort I've ever seen her put into an activity. I was very proud of her.