Great hike for people of different walking/hiking/jogging abilities and experience. Our group split into two groups, one walking and one jogging. Both enjoyed themselves immensely. There are also bicycles for rent and we saw many people using this option to travel the 12 km hike. We truly enjoyed resting in the tall train tunnels as a reprieve from the heat. Even the lookout points, formerly water barrel platforms in case of fire, along the trestle bridges seemed to catch more of the breezes than else where on the trail.
There were many benches along the trail, but few areas to sit in the shade.
The views are wonderful, the bridges are fun and the volcanic rock in the area was neat to observe.
The only difficult area would be the mountain road up to the trail. We started our hike at the Myra end of the trail which required us to drive up a fairly steep gravel road with some areas having a washboard surface. We talked with one of the many area guides who said that the Ruth entrance was even harder on cars. Just something to keep in mind.
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