The trailhead for this trail is at the top of Hicks Road at the junction with Mt. Umunhum Road. The fire road winds through the woods with some moderate climbs for several miles, then begins to climb steeply up to El Sombroso. A section in the middle of the climb may require some hike-a-bike as it exceeds 20% grade on a very loose surface.
This route has excellent views of Mt. Umunhum and the entire eastern valley, at least while you are catching your breath.
At the top of Woods Road, you can continue straight on the Limekiln Trail
to descend to Lexington Reservoir or turn right onto Kennedy Trail
to descend to Kennedy Road.