This is not a place where you will find solitude (the trail is very popular with hikers and runners) or quiet (one can hear hum from nearby roads and highways most of the time) but it is beautiful nevertheless. You get to hike over rocks and grassy hills as well as through shady forests. There are views of Golden and Denver from the top.
As a quick escape from Golden or even Denver, this is hard to beat.
I took the first four miles out and back from the first parking lot from Golden. I love that one weekend day is pedestrians only. It was nice not worrying about mountain bikes flying up behind me. The views were incredible and I only saw a handful of people. I wouldn't say this was an easy run. The plowed trail slopes in and wore on my feet after a while because I couldn't land flat. The trail was also quite rocky, which made it difficult as a new trail runner. There isn't a lot of shade either. All things considered this is a good trail.