I hiked this with two of my friends. We saved the longest hike for the grand finale. In retrospect, we should have made it an overnighter as this hike was very long (and we started it at 7am as soon as we were allowed to enter). That said, this was one of the most beautiful hikes (though no cows, lots of cow patties). Breath-taking views along the way.
I would love to come back during the spring. We were hit with heavy showers along the way. I also prefer loop trails as opposed to hiking to the peak and then back down the same way.