This hike is a lot easier than it used to be. But it's still pretty darn hard! The trail has been cleared and it is very easy to follow - which was not the case when we did it in May 2008. It's funny that Joel and I did this hike on my birthday 3 years ago. I knew we had done the hike, I just hadn't realized it was on my birthday.
There are great views from the ridge line of the front range of the Catalinas. You can see Cathedral, Window Peak, the Window, Little Kimball, Mt. Kimball and more. In the aftetnoon you can actually see light through the Window. The views from the peak are wonderful. Well worth the pain caused by some of the bushes on the way up.
We checked out Walnut Spring, which surprisingly had water. We also took the Cut-off Trail to check out Shovel Spring, which also had water. For our last push back up to the top of Mt. Lemmon we took the Meadow Trail which is really nice compared to the old road.