17 miles roundtrip from my campsite at priest gulch campground. I did it clockwise. I did this in a day with a 40lb pack as a shakedown hike for an upcoming trip. This was pretty tough to do in a day with 40lbs but would have been more enjoyable with a daypack or It would make a good overnight trip. I was here in September and there was water about the first 3 miles then everything was dried up. First half of the trail is mostly wooded and uphill. Second half is mostly meadows with views of the mountains near telluride I think, downhill, and a lot of cows. I saw a few deer, pheasant, and three bears. Trail was in good condition and I saw one other day hiker, a group of backpackers, and a group of guys on dirt bikes.