Starts out downhill then climbs moderately for 0.7 miles Next 0.7 miles is fairly steep climb up rocks and roots. Not too difficult. Then starts to climb with intermittent steep stretches with easy moderate grades over ledges in between. Many view from short side trails in this stretch. Last section dips down into the woods and climbs to junction with the Black Mtn trail near the summit. The summit is a long stretch of ledges and cliffs with very nice views form the Kinsmans in the North to Moosilaukee, south to Kearsarge, and Sunnapee.