I found the two mile uphill climb quite relentless but beautiful. During our short but frequent pauses to catch our breath we admired the many flowering dessert plants.
At the top we were rewarded with wonderful views and a great photo opportunity using the "Trail End" sign which was kindly provided.
We are back home now. The wonderful weather we had on our trip is continuing and with clear skies and highs in the 70's projected for the coming weekend. While the perennials and bulbs are popping up out of the ground, gardeners are cautioned that we will almost surely have more winter weather in the next two months. On Wednesday we had periods of bright warm sunshine followed by periods of blizzard-like snow. It's never a dull moment around here, weather-wise!