Having done this several times it is important to know that it's a long strenuous hike up with several "benches". Not for the casual hiker but also not treacherous by any means. No need for ropes but you will be tired and you must be in shape. Be prepared with plenty of water and snacks as well as your typical emergency pack as this is not a popular trail and you may be alone and it may take all day. Fantastic views from the top! Remember, you must also hike back down. Enjoy!!!