Mark Ostrom drove us to the trailhead. Starting at 8:40 after a near-freezing morning, we took the CCW route. After passing one group, we neared the roaring South Boulder Creek. Quite a torrent! The trail was smooth and hilly. Before our half-way point we passed the lady with her two dogs; she had the faster pace. The second half of the hike was slower, with nicely made stairs leading back down to the Creek, which we had skirted on higher ground, partially treed. Before the final fairly-level path, we took a less-used short-cut of three switchbacks that you can see on the map between Harmon Gulch and the Trailhead. I was glad we saved some distance, even if it was less traveled and steep.
I started out with my winter boots, gaiters, and long pants while Mark was in shorts. I carried my Oboz sneakers in the pack and changed into them during the hike. No snow to be seen, even though the NOAO website had predicted some.
In summary, 7.5 miles in 3:37 on easy trail but with some ascents and descents.