This is one of the more popular trails in Idyllwild, primarily because it is wooded (lots of shade on a hot day) and scenic (a pleasant meandering with occasional views of the valley and mountains around) and because it is a relatively easy trail compared to others in the area. Don't mistake that for being an easy trail – just easy relatively. It's "only" 675 feet of elevation gain – not as much as most of the trails appear. Also, it's got some rocky, technical parts that, for at least two hikers I know, have proven to be ankle breakers. As a trail runner, I've gone horizontal myself out there on Ernie, once on a root, once on a rock. So, go lightly and enjoy! Also note, the trail is less about the destination and more about the journey; there is no great ooh-ah spot at the end, just a serene and meditative experience all along the way, including several easily-crossed streams (most of which are dry except after a rain).