Friend and I hiked at brisk pace to the top of Bear Mountain where the pile of rocks remain. Made it up and down in about 2 hours 40 minutes. Very well marked, was 9 degrees but properly clothed, the cold was not a problem, and even took gloves and hat off after a while as it's a steady incline. The view is spectacular and would like to do the entire loop when not pressed for time, in each of the seasons. BTW, the White Hart Provisions cafe is super for before or àpres hike.