With just the elevation of 8,461 feet (nothing compared to a 14er), it offers no less than 3 miles of at least 3000 feet gain. My friends and I took the Fern Canyon trail (which is the steepest and most difficult route) and I'm not gonna lie, it was quite strenuous and difficult for me. This trail was a stair-suckfest, or stair-heaven depends on what kind of freak you are. However, we really enjoyed the rock formations throughout the hike with a great amount of shade, beautiful green grass and exotic wild flowers. It was also amazing to feel the cool air from the rocks.
There were a lot of hikers, with their adorable dogs and screaming babies. There were also tons of runners who wear nothing but short shorts to show off their sickening endurance-injected muscular bodies. One of these days, I'll get there, I promise. But for now, I'm happy with my crawling "2 hr/mile" speed and a backpack full of snickers bars, beers, and a camera.