Did the trail from start to finish this time (apart from the side spur trail). Creek beds are still bone dry even after the rain during the week. Saw probably a dozen or so other groups out and about on this Saturday (some both coming and going). For reference, my recorded elevation gain was 3034 ft round trip. So 1500 feet each way, and I did not take the side spur trail. If that side trail had 300 feet of elevation gain (which I could easily believe), that would make it 1800 feet total.