I love this hike. I hadn't been back for nearly 35 years!! I had been doing a lot of running and cycling before going back to this trail l had done with my dad and uncle when I was 15. I completed the hike in 4 hours and have a goal to return and do it in under 3. The views are completely spectacular and it is unprecedented as far as hiking experiences go. Not for the faint of heart as it is a brisk climb to the summit and some less than smooth spots from the summit to Alderson Lake. All in all most people can make the hike, just make sure to leave enough time for your fitness level. Most people should leave themselves 6-7hrs for this hike.