Jogged most of the "trail." Great views, but not too exciting.
No single part of the dirt road that goes up to the parking area is very bad, but the road is so long that it's bound to do some damage to most passenger cars.
I got a flat tire on the way down. I had a spare with me, but I didn't have a jack. So, I stuck rocks where the jack was supposed to go, dug underneath the flat tire with my ice axe until the car's weight was on the rocks, and then was able to change the tire. Good times.
A 4WD vehicle is a must to traverse the twenty or so miles of dirt road from Schulman Grove to the closed gate. My friend's Passat received a beating on that road - it's a wonder why they paved a few hundred yards in the middle near Patriach Grove and not the entire length?
Nonetheless, a great day hike. No shade whatsoever, wear sunblock, and bring lots of layers. It gets cold at the top and also in the shadows of the hills when the sun begins to set. Bring lots of water. I brought 70 oz. and a water bottle up and finished off the 70 oz. round trip.
Although some may say this is an easy trail to walk on, I disagree. The Whitney Trail is a sidewalk compared to this trail!
Since it is a dayhike, be prepared for the elevation and become acclimated before you climb. My four hours of camping at the Grandview campground didn't cut it. Take your time and you'll enjoy the hike a lot more.
Slept at Patriarch Grove of Ancient Bristlecone Pines for a great sunrise before hiking to the summit. Easy stroll to California's 3rd highest peak. I met and hiked with Richard Stevenson and his son Rich which made for some good conversation. We had the summit to ourselves for about 20 minutes before heading down.
A great day hike.