We did the loop counter clockwise. First a steep grade down loose rock until we reached the monument. Then about a quarter mile of relatively level trail with multiple viewpoints into the Clove. Rather stunning views. Nice forest with interesting rock formations along the trail. Then steep upgrade (about 30%). Really not an easy hike. Eventually we came to a bridle path by which you return through hemlock woods. This part of the hike was boring. Overall I would say that if you are visiting Kaaterskill Falls and want to get away from the loud tourists for a couple hours on a vigorous hike, this is perfect. But you need hiking boots or good sneakers. It is not a casual walk.