It was a really nice trail, steep at times but definitely worth it. Make sure to wear proper clothing and footwear because there are rocks you can slip on. I wouldn't recommend bringing children since the trail is a bit challenging. Overall it was an amazing experience
Yellow trail is where it's at...like seriously, amazing trail that has seriously awesome boulders, climbs, tiny trails, summits, a cool adventure. But also it's like a choose your own adventure - although it's clearly marked it's not exactly linear so it's easy to get lost if you're not following along someone else's guided path. I even hit a yellow dead end at one point. Decent views tho all around.
This was a LOT harder than a moderate hike and definitely MORE than 9 miles, NOT 5.5. First time AllTrails steered me wrong.
Still, despite the misleading listing on this website, the hike still turned out to be pretty amazing. Lots of overlooks to make the strenuous hike worth it.
The first mile is tricky. Starts off with a nice park like walk and then some metal stairs before hitting the trail. After the first turn it gets very steep, rocky, and slippery. Once you get to the wheel house it is a much more relaxing hike until right near the former tower. The view from the tower is amazing! This was the first hike for my family; 9 and 7 year old boys and my wife. It is definitely not easy for a beginner but they were troopers. We went early (around 9am) and it was very peaceful. By the time we were heading back it was very crowded with people going up. Saw some deer and chipmunks but asides from that, not much to see until you get to the wheel house and then the tower.