The trail immediately begins to climb through a series of switchbacks. The fast elevation gain bring beautiful views to the West looking down on 5 mile picnic area with red rock views further to the North. The views are often blocked as you make your way through scrub oak, pinyon, juniper, and ponderosa pine trees.
At times you'll notice damage to the pine trees with large scaring and seeping tree sap. This is caused by Porcupines common to the area who generally eat leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants. In the winter they will eat bark.