Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extreme exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
This is a very popular and fun 7 mile loop through some deep pine and aspen forrests.
The elevation gain is near 2,000 feet which is all gained at the beginning of the hike and it then levels out for many miles before descending back down to the road.
The loop can be taken in either direction.
The counterclockwise route is a longer and more mellow way to gain elevation leading to a steeper descent.
The clockwise directions is a steeper and shorter climb if you wish to get it out of the way and enjoy a more moderate descent.