I term this one a fitness hike. At 2.6 miles to the pools, you can push the pace and I was curious how I could do against the Strava participants. The first mile is a modest incline on a soft, sandy trail. The real climbing begins at the mountain, as it emerges from the sand.
The rise is rapid once the rock is reached.
Good views to the southwest as the trail continues to rise.
Rocky in places but smoother than most trails around here I finally reach a saddle and then drop....
....into the pools and a barely flowing stream. I'm satisfied with my effort (around 48 minutes) and after posting on Strava, discover I am 2nd out of 350+. Dang, really close to the KOM. Oh well.