Great hike! Steep for the first .5 miles, steady incline for the most part after that. Took me 4 hours 15 min (2 hours to Day Mountain lookout, 30 min to Mt. Kit Carson, then the rest down) . Really well marked, only part I almost goofed at was the turn off to go to Day Mountain peak after following Kit Carson road, DON'T follow trail 130. I did it from 8:00 - 12:30, in early fall, saw almost nobody on the trail!