This is a is a 4.1 mile hike. I would rate myself as an intermediate hiker, and this was on the easy side for me. Lots of rocks, but nothing I would consider bouldering or climbing, mostly like climbing stairs. If you're not a fan of crowds, definitely stay away from this trail. I didn't take dogs, but I can see how this would be a rough trail for four-legged hikers. I can see the hard justification for this trail (I would rate it a more tough moderate but....). Here are my reasons......the first .53 miles of the trail are more of a desert stroll, not tough at all. The remainder 1.75-2 miles is where all the elevation gain happens. The trail is 1 long slow elevation gain. Not many flat spots once you get going, just a slow steady gain until the final uphill push to Dobbins tower. Amazing views from the top but your hikers high is quickly crushed by the tourist around you in crocs with selfie sticks around every corner at the top. Still a great hike, bring plenty of water.
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