Switchback steeply for three miles through a dark forest of timber to an alpine meadow that was replanted in 1915 after a major forest fire. The trail rises above timberline to an alpine meadow alive with masses of wildflowers in July and August.
The trail is generally in good condition with views in all directions as you climb to the 5,723-foot summit. The views to the south of Big Four Mountain and Del Campo Peak are especially good.
The meadows and summit remain snow-covered until midsummer.