Nice diversity for a short hike - lake, forest and crossing streams (stepping across rocks). Very well marked and as others have mentioned, the loop is actually 2.7 miles. The only downsides are a very short part of the trail is on a street and it crosses a metal grate bridge. Occasionally heard some noises from cars and chainsaws which, of course, takes away from that wilderness vibe. All in all, an excellent hike and certainly suitable for novices.