We drove to the trail head (thankfully we had rented a 4x4), so that cut about 2 miles off the hike. I highly recommend doing this if you can. The hike itself was scenic and not too hard. Both of my parents, in their late 50s and in relatively good shape, made it without any problem. Make sure to stop along the way and enjoy the vistas. Also be sure to go see the view from beneath the bridge after you finish at the top.