We are elementary level hikers who greatly enjoyed the trail. Uphill almost all of the way with a few flat exceptions. We hiked in the beginning of November so the crunching of leaves accompanied each step we took. This at times made us lose our footing for minor falls but no injuries other than a few bumps and bruises. Slightly down the mountain from where you see the sign that says poets ledge: .47 miles away, we encountered a black bear in the bush about 25 ft to our side. With a few shouts it scurried away and we continued but did not reach the ledge as we were racing darkness. A noteworthy and truly awesome view along the way was Maelis look out. Another note is the entrance is sort of hard to find as it seems you are trespassing, this may be the reason that we encountered few people along the way. Overall an enjoyable, strenuously steep, scenic hike.
Great out and back hike. We were on the trail after a small snow storm so it was a bit wet/slushy. Mostly uphill on the way up to the hike so proper water-resistant shoes necessary and it was a bit slippery uphill and downhill at some parts. The hike led to a beautiful overlook that really made the hike. We had 3 dogs with us who did great on the hike as well.
The view from the very top is amazing and worth all the struggling. Although this is described as easy I found it to be more moderate as it is very steep and the stairs get kind of killer especially the further up you go. There are several spots to swim which is nice on a hot day. The only downfall was the crowds, but that should be expected for a place as magnificent as this!