Great hike close to Denver. As mentioned before, the most difficult part is the beginning and there is very little shade (which was nice for a chilly morning but maybe not in the summer). Juniper loop is more shaded. The views are nice but nothing too spectacular. Did not need traction in early March, and wasn't crowded when I left around 10am. Overall a good hike for exercise if you can't get into the mountains. Added bonus of no bikers to look out for with the alternating schedule (bikes only even weekend days, hikes only odd weekend days).
Great trail, easy steady climb up with good views of the canyon. Plus lots of connections to make this a longer or shorter hike. Make sure you check if it's a mtn bike or hiking day, they alternate on the weekends. We didn't realize this and just got lucky.