I love this hike!!! It's a nice quick (2-2.5 hrs round trip) workout with a beautiful view at the end. My mileage tracker though notes it at just over 3.5 miles so take that in as it were. It also wasn't crowded at all which is a HUGE plus in my book!!
I hiked this trail today with my pup after sleeping in and missing my window for another. It was very, very icy in many stretches - especially recommend light yaktrax for the way down - it is January after all!!
I took the north trail up to the overlook out-and-back trail then the south trail down. The north route was light moderate depending on your level of fitness. The overlook trail was solidly moderate given the ground conditions (note: there's an unmarked frozen mini waterfall!). The south route on the way back was almost completely iced over in spots so if you're hell bent on making this is a loop, go up south to the overlook and then down north. If not go north to the overlook and back down north. I made the trip without poles or trax in my winter merrels, but they would have come in handy at times and icebugs would've been a better choice.
P.s. Please keep this one a secret! I'm only posting to help advise on the winter hiking conditions :)
This should be considered a moderate hiking. Easy access and pleasant walk. The view on top is beautiful. Will return again whenever I'm in mood for short hike. I think my dog enjoyed this trail very much. Impressed how clean this trail along the way. Plenty of shades, not recommend under age 6 due to steep hike up to to top.
Nice short, quick, semi-challenging hike. The views at the top are just lovely! I would rate this trail as easy to moderate (more moderate). It is steep but no tricky spots. I wouldn't recommend taking small children. I would say this trail is lightly traveled; I went on a Saturday afternoon around 2 and only saw 4 couples on the trail. Would highly recommend for a short day hike to get your blood flowing and your quads working! :)
This is not a difficult or hard trail, as the AllTrails site notes. There are parts that are a little steep, but they're not sustained and the trail is not exposed or too rocky. We jogged a lot on the way down. I'd consider this one on the same difficulty level as the hike up to St. Mary's Glacier lake, but with slightly steeper segments. We went on a Sunday around 8:30am and the place was vacant, which we appreciated. The view is nice and we enjoyed the shaded trail, but if I had out-of-state visitors who wanted to hike I'd pick St. Mary's Glacier every time since the view is much more spectacular (despite the longer drive, higher altitude, and tendency for crowds).