I looked over some of the reviews about the hike and some of the comments that stood out were “fine for the first 1/3 and Rocky the rest of the way” or variations of “rocky”… let me tell y’all… the rocks were as big as you in a fetal position. When we went through rocks that are fist sized, I was thankful because they felt flat compared to the Rocky life that even Fred Flintsone would’ve had trouble in. The base was around 50-60 degrees and it was warm on the way up (most of the hike was open/no shade) and once you get to the peak, I suggest putting a jacket back on because it feels pretty chilly up there (mostly because of wind).
Highly suggest that you only bring one or NO trekking poles at all because they will get stuck and they will get in the way of balance and navigating through the trail. Bring lots of water if you’re hiking later on in the day.
there are a couple of ways to get there, make sure you take the one that doesn’t require all the turns because the “off-road” one will welcome you with steep slopes and branches that will scratch up your car.
all in all, the trail is pretty easy for someone who isn’t in the best shape (like me)… just make sure you stay hydrated and well sunscreened.
P.S. There are a few people who didn’t make it to the top because it was too fabulous** to get through