There is also a lot of twisting and turning throughout the trail. Once you head up at the peak/overlook, there is a lot of cactus and clear patches of ground.
I went while it was drizzling, and it had been raining. So, there was a LOT of mud.
Because of the mud factor, and the falling-in-the-creek factor, I can't decide if next time I should wear Teva-like shoes, or just plain tennis shoes.
There weren't many people at all on the trail. In fact, I think I was the last one to hit the trail and most of the people I met were just coming off. And, I only met two dogs, but there were obviously plenty of dogs. It was especially evident on the upper part of the trail where the trail was practically ALL mud for at least 1/2 mile.