glad I can finally scratch this one off my list. The second my eyes opened this morning I knew today was the day. The cool temperatures are more than likely the reason everything went so smoothly. It was 67 when I started. Even caught a brief 63 on the drive in.
Started around 5:45am. The moon was just starting to duck behind the peak and I didn't grab the camera for whatever reason.
I took the trail mentioned in the hike's description. As usual, I've walked passed it a number of times and had no idea it was there. It was pretty easy to follow. Some parts were actually really nice, almost like the park had constructed it (seems practical that they would make trails to prevent hikers from stomping away the desert floor on the way to popular destinations, but I'm not so sure). The only time I can remember not knowing where to go was towards the very end. I could have set up some cairns, but where's the fun in that? Find it yourself! To my surprise, I didn't get any cell-phone reception up there. Could it have been blocked out by all of the antennas? I digress...
I signed the registry and walked around for a few minutes. Sure enough, there were workers on the service road. Could just be my imagination, but the second they saw me they jumped in the truck and started driving in my direction. Pretty funny considering their speed gave me more than enough time to snap a couple more pictures and get off the mountain. Not entirely sure what kind of authority they had over me, but I figured I'd just skip that situation altogether and avoid any issues that may have been waiting for me.
Back at the trailhead, I didn't have any thoughts of hating the GC trail. That may be a first.