The trail is open and it is better than ever. With the new limited access to the trail it isn’t as crowded. Get your pass as early as you can, $5 each. We bought 2 (different days) to make sure the hike was on a sunny day. The afternoon ones sell out first. We preferred the early time slot because of the afternoon temps. The hike is difficult but well worth it. The trail hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. We have seen whales on this hike before when we came down in April of 2017 and 2018.