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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
It's 3.5 miles into the upper meadow with a gain of over 4,000 feet.
The lower portion of the trail sees a lot of traffic from day hikers and climbers, but higher up it's rare to run into anyone at all.
The trail does become overgrown and fainter the higher you go.
You can access the summit of Storm Mountain or gain the ridge for a fun scramble to Twin Peaks once you're in the upper meadow.
Hike up the road, through the gate and past the water tower.
From here the trail drops down into the gully and long the creek.
From here it continues up the canyon past some large rock cliffs where there are several good sport climbing routes.
The trail can wander at times, but keep heading up canyon and it will consolidate.
It crosses the creek a few times and has some steep and loose sections to navigate.
Eventually, it will head to the north in some long switchbacks that depart from the canyon bottom.
After several switchbacks, a large rock outcrop will appear.
From here the trail branches off with the more well-beaten trail continuing to the ridge and a lookout point, but the trail into the upper canyon cuts back up the canyon and into the brush.
This will continue up the canyon on a faint, but easy to follow trail.
The oak brush can be thick and annoying, but persevere up a steep gully and you'll enter a lush upper meadow.
From here you can access the summit of Storm Mountain to the north, or continue up and to the right (southwest) and gain the ridge to Storm Mountain and Twin Peaks.