I started at the south end for the out and back. This was actually my first time on the trail, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The trail was gradual in incline for quite a while and then descended a significant amount towards Indian Cove. I knew the way back was going to be the biggest challenge, not because of incline but because of how sandy the washes were! Much of the trail follows a wash in this section and yikes did my calves get a workout. I reached Indian Cove at around 1h 10m, which was exciting, but as the sandiness proved, the way back was much slower going. Nonetheless, the desert is beautiful and the landscape changes so much along this trail, from open spaces to tight, rocky canyon.
out & back
2h 36m 19s