Well maintained trail. It is a cardio challenge going up. About 1,100 ft elevation gain from the trailhead to the tower. I would come the same way I came up next time, as the trail on Spruce Gap Trail is washed out and rather tricky with those smaller rocks.
This trail is in better shape now. several miles have been brush cut and blazes refreshed at the Reeds Gap state park end this October 2011. blowdowns from Reeds Gap to the picnic area along Bear Run trail have been cleaned up. The rest of the trail to Poe Patty should be done next October 2012.