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Scoping out the trailhead. McConnell Ridge in the background.Crossing the Barrier Lake dam. McConnell Ridge obvious at right.The trail is wide and obvious. (After all, it's a ROAD. :-))The views open up as the road goes past a gap in the trees. Mount Baldy in the bg.A steeper section of road before the easy hiking.Back up to the easy hiking section.Views just before we dip back into the trees for the easy scrambling section.On the easy scrambling section.You know it's pretty tame when Gizmo can make it up without help!Surprisingly great views over Barrier Lake include Baldy, West Baldy, McDougall and Fisher Peak (L to R).A slightly wider view from McConnell Ridge - Horton Hill showing up at left.KC and Gizmo.Pointing out other peaks from the top.Looking east at the prairies and down hwy 1 on the left and across Barrier Lake at Ole Buck Mountain and towards Sibbald Flats at center - Baldy at right.Note the hikers coming up the trail at lower left.I love Prairie Crocus.I love Prairie Crocus.Descending the trail / road.Spring is in the air.