Awesome hike! Sparsely shaded but the views were the best for that area!! We did this hike on a Wednesday in July and loved that it wasn't crowded at all. Also, if you want to loop back into town go right when you come to the "T". It won't have an arrow pointing in that direction but a local suggested it and went well for us since we parked right by the trail head.
We hiked part of this trail last weekend. Not busy at all and didn't see any mountain bikers. Lots of uphill climbing but great views of Glenwood. It levels out towards the top. We hiked for about 2 hours and from what we can tell it was about 2.5 miles and 1000' elevation gain. Hit up the Brewpub and then the hit springs to finish out the day.