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It's all about the destination, not the journey.
The summit trail is a no-frills approach to reach the top in just about the most direct route possible. This description begins at the Rock City trailhead near the Live Oak campground area and goes straight up the Western side of the mountain to the peak (one way, bottom to top). If a true wilderness experience is what you're after, this is not the hike for you. The trail zig-zags along South Gate Road winding it's way up, so there is constant contact with civilization (mainly cyclists) on the road to the summit. Occasionally the trail passes through wooded areas to provide relief from the sun, though most of those 3.75 miles are completely exposed, especially on the burned out hillside. Hiking the summit trail during summer months might become rather unpleasant if the temperatures are high.
Don't forget why you've chosen to hike this trail; the view from the summit is spectacular!
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.