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We parked at the East Trailhead (which has pretty limited parking, but we did see people parking on the side of the road) and then when we came to the fork about a half mile in, we went left which goes for about two miles before you take another left on the Summit Trail which gives you another half mile to the top! All in all, going clockwise took us about 3.2 miles to the top viewpoint. Going down we took the west trail and the total came out to six miles exactly.
One thing I really liked about this trail was that it was never *too* steep, but it was a pretty steady incline the whole way to the top. There weren’t a lot of flat spots so we took a couple breaks on the way to the top. It was shaded for most of the trail which was nice, but it also means you don’t get the killer views till you get to the top.
The views at the top aren’t quite the 360 degree views I’m used to with summit trails, but they were pretty stunning and there was a ton of room to spread out and enjoy some quiet away from the other hikers.
Saw lots of dogs on the trail and tons of mountain bikers, so be ready to move over when you hear their heads up.
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