I had read that this wasn’t the only trailhead to get to the top. I could take a meandering, less inclined route up the road with switchbacks, and find the other trail head (or trail end) to begin our hike.
Tucker and I took to the road (which was uneventful) but at least shady so the pavement wasn’t hot on Tucker’s feet. We passed a few picnic areas where some people were sitting, reading books or enjoying a snack. Checking on my app, I found the trail off the pavement, and up we went.
It just proved that while we don’t always get what we believe is the best option, we can still get what we want in unexpected ways.