So i love this trail!!! i have just about done the whole thing but i must tell you as an advocate for Mountain Lion's, they are here! i have found it's den and 3 deer kills within a month in the same spot. I know we are all aware they are there but i can tell you first hand that they are. This trail can be very hot so come prepared if doing it in the summer. i think the views and change of scenery after each 2nd mile is really neat. I would rate it as moderate but not too strenuous. It's so worth it as the trail goes on forever! Good Luck