From the Sterling Highway, the trail rises rapidly. The elevation rises over 3000 feet from beginning to end. I'm not sure on the actual length of the trail but I think it might be over 2 miles one way. We hiked for over 5 hours! I had to take a lot of breaks! My heart was pounding, I was sweating and my legs were tired and heavy from the long uphill slog. This was the hardest trail I've ever done!
Although it took everything that we had to make it up the trail, the view was absolutely worth it! Once we got to the top we ate our snacks and laid back for a little cat nap. Of course I didn't sleep, not with the possibility of a bear walking up on us but John had no problem. He did startle me a few times with his snoring. I'm a little jumpy these days! I did get to close my eyes, breath the fresh air and thank God for this amazing creation.
Going down the mountain was a lot easier than going up but it was still hard due to the steepness. You have to really watch going down because you can easily slide at places.
If I had to do this trail over again I would make sure that I was in better shape!
It's really hard to describe the magnitude of this trail I hope the photos help.