While this was undoubtedly one of the most difficult hike I have taken..it was well worth the view from the top. Climbing involved walking and using hands/feet to scramble up steep rocks. If you are in really good physical shape, it probably just a piece of cake. But if not, take your time, and enjoy the climb and rest stops along the way up. Beware, wear good, non slip shoes and don't forget your water! I wouldn't do this hike in summer...but we did it in 80 degree weather w/o issue.