great hike with amazing views. have done it twice so far with plans to do it more. it is a bit of a challenge if you are not used to elevation but a great way to stay in shape if you are. there are also some great camp sites along the ridge if you can make it up with a heavier pack. I don't find many hikes in Virginia very challenging (I do a lot of higher altitude and tougher north east terrain stuff) but this one I break more of a sweat on.