The stunning views of the city, the surrounding agricultural land and the mountains, coupled with a nice breeze after the slow, steady, winding path ends at the top, is the ultimate payoff for me. Sitting on one of the benches at the crown of this volcanic plug while sipping water and relishing the quiet that one finds at an elevation of 1,559 feet...brings a little Zen to my day.
Some might argue that the elation I feel at the top of this 4-mile round-trip hike is all part of the journey, and depending on perspective, maybe it is. But regardless of how we label our experiences, I can't argue with the benefits of a good hike. Fresh air. Great exercise. Sound mind.