This has to be one of the most overlooked hikes in the area. It offers fantastic scenery, and a challenging, but not-to-difficult route to the top of a very imposing mesa. From the highway, you would be hard pressed to believe there was a non-technical route to its summit. The route is elegant, and a lot of fun.
The hike is fairly steep, gaining about 1300' of elevation in a little over a mile. This rates as a moderate hike, we nicknamed the route "the stairmaster" by the top!
A final note, the round trip to the top and back only takes 2-3 hours, but plan on spending most of the day on top. The mesa offers incredible views in all directions and allows for easy terrain to wander and take in the various views.