This ridge trail has a few challenging sections of climbing switchbacks but is a wonderful day trip for anybody that wants to true desert experience.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: The two different plateaus make this a great route for families because you do not need to reach the summit in order to have wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Dogs: No Dogs
From the parking lot you'll spend your first mile or so ascending into the mountain on a beautifully crafted stone staircase. This is part of the Hugh Norris Trail
. After the first climbing section you'll find yourself along a ridge-line where you have a couple vantage points to see for miles. The second set of climbing will be on gradual switchbacks where you'll come out to a second plateau with some wonderful views. The last climb is fairly steep with more vertical switchbacks and appears to be a false summit but don't worry because the real summit is only about 0.4 miles away. You'll have transition to the Wasson Peak Trail
, but the change is almost imperceptible, and it's difficult to miss the turn.