Chief the dog was the first to loosen up and enjoy the trail as he splashed through the trickling streams of the hike's first mile. Soon we were all loving it as the skies gave us a dramatic show - going from clouds to clear to fog again near the top. Views to the south were obscured but we could see far into the deserts to the north. Water-soaked trees and foliage were intensly colorful; the earth was full of life!
To those that did not make this hike, don't worry too much. The cool temps should keep moisture in the ground for some time. There's a ton to see from the ridges and switchbacks near the summit. Get out there and have a good time!