We started the hike in the dark around 5am using headlamps. The sun rose while we made it to the first junction and it illuminated the green hills and there were plenty of flowers in bloom. You could see orange, purple and red flowers. Most of the hike was fairly easy and we stopped for a short break as we made it to the Four Corners area, where there was a group of families camping.
When you hit the four corners, you'll have about a mile left. You'll start by going up, then down and down and more down. And just when you think you can't possibly be hitting a peak because you're going down so far, you'll see a rusted out old container and a small ground post pointing you up a steep incline trail for the actual peak.
I'd highly recommend poles and good shoes as a lot of this trail is washed out due to the recent rains. Don't worry, if you have a good pace, it doesn't last that long and you'll be through the thick and see the iconic boulders of the peak. We were able to be the first ones up and sit and enjoy an early lunch alone for about an hour. Once we were ready to leave, the stream of campers from the Four Corners piled up the route and it was going to be a crowded peak.
Overall, this is an easier peak hike except for the last mile, but it's worth it. The views on top of the peak include the Pacific Ocean, Saddleback, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio and a lot of south Orange County and Riverside County.
Total Ascent 1,765 feet
Distance 9.72 miles
Max Altitude 3,273 feet