Beautiful views of surrounding mountains, Clear Creek and Clear Creek Canyon. I've read that it can be very hot in the summer. We were happy to be on the trails on a temperate Fall day in October.
Highly recommend taking two cars, dropping one at the Windy Saddle trail head, and driving down to the Chief Hosa trail head to start the hike back to Windy Saddle. Our hike was just over 12 miles, by taking the Gudy Caskill loop in the middle.
It's easy to lose the trail at some of the creek crossings and rock slabs, so watch for cairns and the red and white B/B signs tacked to trees.
Decent elevation losses and gains, and some challenging scrambles through rock falls throughout, especially the last mile or so (heading east).
For my first solo day-hike, I found these trail pretty peaceful. There are scree piles but only a little scrambling. This was my first trip here, so I started on Lookout Mountain Trail (was disappointed when I saw the road, then the trail stopped) so I wish I would have avoided that all together and just stayed on Beaver Brook. I didn't do the entire loop, but certainly will next time! There are GREAT portions for tail running too! Gorgeous views. moderate traffic though...if you're wanting to feel "secluded" - not the best pick.