this is not a moderate hike. it is hard. 2100ft gain in 3 miles, the first mile is pretty much straight up. then switchbacks from there and you go up forever. the top is worth it. it's worth it to go the additional .5miles to churches pond. it was beautiful today. the aspens were so bright. I thought I was in pretty good hiking shape,but this climb kicked my butt-and my calves. and I got 6.97 miles.