Best views in the state in my opinion. Last year we did Cheops and it instantly became my favorite hike. Dave1 did all the research and had attempted it two prior times. We had a blast last year and it was the same for this year. Two new characters(Uncle Chums and Tortoise hiker) came this time and Joey B who was in last years group. The ride from Phoenix was fun and Denny didn't try any of the things he learned from watching cartoons. There were very few times during the ride where the conversation wasn't lively or we weren't making fun of each other. We arrived at the TH and it was freezing and the bathrooms were full . The Hippy showed up and were raced down to keep warm. Both Joe and Denny fell on the only strip of ice . Fast forward to the restrooms...Joe and Chums cut in front of the line . We raced across the bridge to avoid the muletrain. Long story short...no one listens to the lectures moving right along. . Group shot and then we were off and Hippy headed back up.
The climb from the campground is steep but since the 16 year old wasn't with us this year we took a little slower pace . Piano Alley...Utah Flats are both really cool. The ridgeline and the traverse to the saddle not so much but the views are great.
The climb up the ridge from the saddle is fun and challenging. My stupid gopro battery was dead and I had fully charged it but it sat idle for a few weeks . I wanted to film going up and down the spine. The views from Cheops are remarkable and I was glad to have a camera this time. The down climb at the "spot" I went slow and I was talking it through to Denny while I was down climbing. I won't ever do that again . Once I was safe, I was able to talk him down and help position his feet at times. No inappropriate touching was needed like on the Wally route of one ML. .