I'm no expert hiker or marathon runner for that matter, but I've hiked my share of trails at Glacier, RMNP, Yellowstone, the Tetons etc... and admittedly, this one kicked my butt! This trail is about 7 miles long depending on which trail up and back down you take. Its all up hill - including the last half mile which includes lots of steep steps (there were several people huffing and puffing in this leg). But the weird thing is, it seems like its all up hill on the way back "down" too. We took this trail in July and the temps were high 80s/low 90s. Drink a lot of water! I got a little dehydrated and once you've reached that point it takes a while to get back to normal.
As for the scenery, its a beautiful trail. Parts are in full sun, but its mostly shaded. The view at the top is awesome. 360˚ of the surrounding areas and a cool lookout station to walk through. It was very crowded however, making it a little difficult to explore. We found a nice spot on a rock to eat lunch. If you finish the hike and get to the top it feels like a nice accomplishment. And its worth the trek - just don't forget to drink a lot of water and take frequent breaks if you find yourself out of breath.
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