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Fantastic short hike with a spectacular payout at the top. Trail can get crowded on the weekends but the crowds don't spoil the fun. It's a constant gradual incline all the way to the top so if your not in relatively good shape you'll feel the burn in your legs and your lungs. Pack a lunch and enjoy the views.
It was the best. You should definitely try it. My favorite was feeding the bunnies and seeing the baby peacock. The gaggle of geese is a blast if you have food, agility and lots of energy. While we were there we saw bunnies, geese, ducks, peacocks, fish, dogs, pidgins and people.
I completed the entire loop, starting at the upper (just past the ski area) and ending at the lower. If you are considering either of the two, i would recommend the upper. The scenery and views are amazing. The lower is mostly an old gravel road. Keep in mind, the road is open to horses... keep your eyes in front of you and look out for brown piles with flies :-) if you do the entire loop, bring plenty of water. Minimal foot traffic today, maybe passed three couples during the 6mile loop. From either trail head, be careful walking on the road to your parked car.. there are lots of curves in this area and cars will be passing you
Short, but demanding hike. It is worth the views at the top. Keep in mind, if you want a spiritual, quiet experience in the wilderness, this is not your hike. Lots of people on the trail. I even had the distinct pleasure of taking photos from the top standing next to a wailing baby in the process of a ripe diaper change. Legs will burn, lots of places to take brakes if you need/want.