100 Classic Hikes in Southern California
From the parking area, the relatively short trail climbs rigorously upward toward the summit. The trail is without shade for nearly the entire trip, though Coulter pines, with their widow-maker football-like cones, appear closer toward the apex. Temperatures can be incredibly hot in the summertime, so bring lots of water. Wildflowers are abundant, such as yellow poppies, Indian paintbrush, monkey flower, and penstemon. Butterflies, such as the variable checkerspot, and lizards, such as the western whiptail can also be commonly seen. Poison oak along the trail is frequently eradicated by dedicated volunteers who trim it away, so bare legs are relatively safe along this hike. Views open up immediately.