It's almost ALL UP HILL.....but then most hikes are either up or down. We started early. We took the first bus out to be ahead of the crowds and be in shade for the hike. There was still traffic on the trail. A big Mulie Buck and 2 Doe. Late October is rut for deer so they can be a tad protective and could charge. The trail is paved most of the way but is narrow. The views are spectacular and worth the hike. If you are out of shape just take it easy and be sure to carry water and a camera. You'll need it. The colors are just unbelievable. Again early in the day the sun won't bother you. Go as fair as you feel comfortable......it's the journey not the destination.
On your trip back down go to your right and stop at the Grotto (Hanging Gardens). It's worth the short detour.
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