We took the tram up and back . We are not able to hike , for medical reasons . The views from the top are magnificent . We even got to see an eagle sitting on the nest with the young , through the scope provided by a staff member . The music , provided by a local family , in the theater , was awesome . The captive eagle is wonderful to see, and is safely kept there due to the loss of one eye . There was some residual snow left from the winter season , and it was kind of a nice touch to the scenery . We have cruised there twice before in the autumn, and had no snow , so this was a nice change for us . The gift shop is teeming with wonderful items to tempt you , and , of course, temptation won out . The staff was very helpful , had lots of info , and were friendly and professional . We spent a lot of time just enjoying the views from atop, and actually rode up later in the day when the sun had moved, and it did change the views . We recommend this !!