Beautiful hike that was way less crowded than Humphrey's Peak, but still had pretty great views. We added this hike into our plans pretty last minute after we finished the Lava River Cave and were not ready to set up camp. It is longer than 7 miles for sure, but the trail itself is pretty mild--less rocks and difficult sections than you would expect for a peak this high. It is much easier on the knees on the way down than Humphrey's Peak. Since it is located in the forest, it was very easy to find a good place to camp 10 minutes away from the trailhead, although the area surrounding the parking lot is closed to camping.
Decent trail around a lake. Would be worth checking out if you're closeby but not worth driving a long distance for. There are wildflowers, birds, and trees to checkout as you walk. I brought my leashed dog but she was not allowed to swim (humans were not allowed to swim either.)
Could be that my plans changed and I ended up hiking this one. It was only difficult because of the high stone steps in the first part the rest of the trail was a slow climb but really not much to see or much to sniff for the dogs. Kinda boring trail. I'd say if your training it's perfect, if you're out looking for a nice hike skip this one.
Trail was in good shape. Comfort station at the trailhead was very clean. Evidence of recent horse activity on the trail going down. My only gripe (and it has nothing to do with the trail itself) was an inconsiderate young couple had been walking with their PitBull mix of a dog and it was running loose. It did charge up to me; but, I saw it coming and was prepared for it. It only takes one person to ruin it for the rest of us pet owners.
This hike was incredibly easy with lots of sites to see and many beautiful areas to take pictures at. Along the waterfall I've seen many people scale the walls and now I think I'd really like to try rock climbing my next trip up there.
It has perfect hiking weather do to the elevation which makes it 10x nicer in such a hot summer!