It was a hard-won view. 3 miles straight up and then a 3 mile descent. Even with my 4WD mule doing all the work it was exhausting, and I doff my helmet to the hikers doing it on their own two feet.
So we headed off on the access road that is actually the Northern end of the Camino Cielo. I have friends who brag of having driven all the way from Santa Barbara on it in their wild youthful days, one assuring me that she was the driver while the boys sat on the roof of the Camaro with their shotguns aiming at lizards and ground squirrels.
Make the best of them.