I found this to be a strenuous hike. I only did the section to North Ledges. It is pretty much straight up- 600 feet elevation climb- no switchbacks. I met some locals on the trail and they said the original trail creator "didn't believe in switchbacks". However, it is worth it for the view. I went up and down in less than an hour- the brochure said 1.5 hours. If I had the time I would have done the loop to the South Cliff- which you can do on it's own as well. If you geo-cache, there is one up there.