I'm not the biggest hiker but from my experience there are portions of this trail that are very difficult like half of the trail. There are many areas of the trail that are extremely narrow and grown over and from the bottom at the river and that climb up was a very steep grade, narrow having to use my hands like climbing a ladder for well over 300 ft. need to get someone out there with a chain saw. lots of huge down trees. it was otherwise a fun experience for my dog and I