This is a great hike for a family that is accustomed to hiking. The view at the top is great and very satisfying. Adults and kids will feel well accomplished and excited to have completed this trail. You don't have to be seasoned, but this should not be your kids' first hike either. We had a 19 mos. old in the backpack carrier, and a 3.5 and 5.5 yr old who both mostly walked (though towards the top, the 3.5 and 5.5 took turns being carried for short spells now and then, and on the way down, towards the end--after 4 hours of hiking, understandably!--the 3.5 year old asked to be carried on and off). We took other people's advice and went counterclockwise (go straight-ish/right at the split where the loop begins) which was GOOD advice. The trip up had a gentle incline most of the way. It took us 2.5 hours to summit. We ate lunch/explored/rested for 45 minutes. Then we went down the rest of the loop, which took us 1.5 hour to go down. The way down definitely has an incline, which is why we do not recommend going up this way--if we had gone up this way, our kids would have been too tired to make that ascent, there would have been a lot of whining, and it would have been too much for us to carry them with that incline. So, going down this way does require you to use your knees and watch your step, but the kids did fine with some hand holding here and there. The boulders, views, and different trees, etc. kept us all interested. Great moderate level hike for a family!
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