A mild winter made this hike great desipte being in February. The trails is an old forest road that is still used, but only by serious 4x4 rigs. The guide book says it is blocked, but that is no longer the case. There is a sign marking the start of the road, the only sign you will see to help you find your way up the forest roads to this trail. It is a wide and easy trail to hike and to follow. The elevation gain is minimal, the views at top are amazing. Views like that on a hike this easy is a rare combination. There was just a bit of patch snow and ice in the shade on the trail during the last 1/2 mile or so of the hike.