Proud center of fortress
Study the map. Study the map some more. Look it over one more time. The Sierra Club lists this hike as 8-10 miles roundtrip. No clue on what they're doing but I assure you there's a shorter way. Best if you are really good with difficult terrain.
The area is precious and full of adventure. No witches or modern apaches in tennis shoes with machetes. Just a zoo of snakes and enough tarantulas for any enthusiast!
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.