Supposed to hike a nice city hike, but my partner cancelled so I thought I should do this...
Really enjoyed Hieroglyphic Canyon. There was more of a trail/path than I expected, and was flagged the whole way. In principle, I'm not a fan of flags, but in practice, I'd be lying if I said I didn't find them pretty helpful. I actually think this way might be easier than Carney, but don't take my word for it.
Hit up the summit, more out of obligation than anything else, since the amazing views can be had from different parts of the ridge without going to the actual summit.
Half an hour after the summit, headed toward West Boulder Saddle, I was pretty pleased with how the hike was going, my legs felt good, knees good, plenty of energy. And then my ankle rolled thanks to a careless step. Shooting pain; sure enough a pretty bad sprain. Glad it wasn't worse, but being at 4000 feet with a bad sprain and knowing what lay ahead to get to the trailhead at 2200 feet was kind of a downer. A painful 5.5 hours of hobbling and sliding on three limbs and a rump, and I was down to the Carney trailhead. My fiancee and her brother came out (hooray for cell phone service) and helped me down the last bit, then shuttled me back to my car at Hieroglyphics trailhead. Much thanks to them. Urgent care diagnosed it as a Grade 3 sprain, but no fractures. 4-6 weeks recovery. The lost goldmine trail section I had to skip is probably a perfect trail to recover on.
Much thanks to whoever found my gps and returned it.