I am not sure what this hike is like during warmer months, but in winter, the hours just after dawn the entire landscape is veiled in a blue hue, and dusted in snow. The first part of the hike is a very gradual incline, leading into more significant grades, including switchbacks later on. I read a comment on another blog post about this hike that said that "If you think this hike is a workout, then you are really out of shape." I thought to myself (even before the hike) "What an elitist snot." This hike will not wreck you, sure, but gaining 2,620 feet in elevation over the course of 3.5 miles is not the same thing as laying down. (end rant). All that is to say, it is great day of using the legs, with the scenery and crisp air being the reward.
The path starts and ends with the sweet sounds of a creek. Douglas firs, sugar pines, incense cedars and pines dot the landscape. However, if you go in any month that dances around winter, be ware of ice on the trail. Some spots are super slick, so if you don't have crampons, tread slowly, and bring shoes with good grip.