Didn't bring the camera, so no pics yet. But the route is nearly 1000' of gain in just over a mile. Serious climb. I think I may try to turn it into a race: Climb like hell up, and then take Hobart Road down for a fast, fast descent.
After doing the ascent, I went a bit further up Hobart Rd. to the Ash Canyon turnoff, where I turned around with Abbey and Ann. Hector, Peter, Joe and Ben continued up the hill. I had things to do to prepare for a party in the afternoon.
The margy machine was cranking out margaritas and daquiris, quickly-emptying wine and beer bottles were spotted in the wild, and Kurt stopped by with a mini-keg of carbonated cranberry vodka concoctions. Yummers!
A grand time was had by all, and I must say, I have never seen anyone work a black-clad walker like that, especially after a glass (or two?) of various adult beverages!
As for the birthday girl? She is a treasure. Always a smile, always a helping hand, a fierce competitor. The best kind of person who brings out the best in a person. We all love you Abbey!