We arrived at the trail Wednesday at 0815, just minutes after the park opened, and were the only ones in sight. Beautiful weather, clear and in the 60s. We took time to go down and view the waterfall first, then back up to the parking lot to start up Ewoldsen.
Don't believe the trails.com posted time for this one, it took us five hours at an easy pace with a lunch break at the top. Trail was mostly clear, with minimal deadfall, though one redwood in particular required taking off my pack to scoot beneath it. Lots of poison oak in the lower valley, so watch what you brush up against.
McWay creek through the redwoods was beautiful. If you only have a short time, the lower part of the trail is still worthwhile.
At the top, we looked down and watched two California Condors soaring below us, back towards where the car was parked and out over the water. On the hike back down, we heard one call out rather near us.
At the bottom, six cars had arrived, but it appeared that everyone was walking out to the falls. We had encountered nobody else on the trail.