Today was warm, and the hike was pretty exposed. The beginning on the fire road was nice and not too steep. But after the Baldy Notch, it was steep, steep, steep! The views were beautiful, and the Dragon’s Backbone was intense. It was pretty crowded today, but manageable. There were a lot of people at the summit. The other way down the loop was slipper and slide down sand and rocky trails. Needed those poles today! A great hike, my favorite of the 3 so far!