The morning and the entire day for that matter was beautiful. It was a cool morning and made the first part of the hike glorious. Once we reached Baldy Notch the hike quickly turns and this is where the real work begins. At one point it seems like we were walking straight up and I could start to feel my calves burning for the first time on the hike. With all this hard work you are rewarded though with beautiful views. As we got closer to Devil’s Backbone the wind started to pick up and I had to put on my windbreaker. The last part of the climb really makes you work for the peak. The trail is narrow, steep and had hikers making their way down as we were going up so we had to take our time. The day clear which providing amazing views from all directions. We took the Ski Hut Trail back to Manker Flats and this has all types of different terrain and seemed to be more challenging at times then the climb to the Peak. Over all the trail is well travelled and marked so our initial fears of get lost never materialized.