Hike time: 37 minutes to summit
Weather: 101°, sunshine, slight breeze
About this hike: Trailhead was very empty on a hot Sunday afternoon. Most of the trail is shaded this time of day, and with the helpful breeze, this hike wasn't too bad. The heat slowed me down a little, hence the sub-35 minute time. I also forgot my gloves, which absolutely sucked climbing on those disgusting hand rails and over jagged rocks. Ran into one of the drivers from Park 'n Hike near the summit—we die hards know best...when heat drives the crowds away, it's the best time to come out and play!
A crazy man (delusional from the heat?!) was singing and whooping at the summit. I spent a lot of time thinking, reflecting, and enjoying the view up there today.