Weather: 69°, sunny
Time: 29 minutes
About this hike: I got an early start this morning, and as a result the Echo Canyon lot was fairly open for parking upon arrival. This also meant less crowds on the trail. Overall it was a nice hike, and the 29-minute time was a little disappointing. I'm used to 28 minutes at this point, but I did stop for a few quick Powerade breaks.
At the summit I found a nice quiet area near the northwestern edge of the mountain. I enjoyed sitting and reflecting for a few minutes before beginning the journey down to the trailhead.
By my departure at just before 10:00am, the parking area was a zoo. Once again I found myself boxed in the parking space while drivers of unparked cars hovered close by, quick to activate their turn signal to "claim" a spot that they thought was opening up. A park ranger manning the guard shack put up the "Lot Full" sign and quickly dropped the entrance gate. It pays to arrive early this time of year.