Stunning day for a hike. Clear skies, mid 70’s and low humidity. At the entrance to the trails a volunteer had a solar telescope set-up trained on, you guessed it, the sun. They use special filters to ensure safe viewing. When you look at the sun through these filters you see a red ball of fire. The glare around the sun that we normally notice during the day is gone, replaced by flames shooting up from the sun’s surface, each one larger than 40 earths.
The trail is quite wide and switchbacks nicely to the top. You meander up then down before ascending again. Due to cooler and more moist winter, the wildflowers are flourishing.