I'm a 58 year-old female. I walk 3 miles everyday. I'm probably in a little better than average shape for Americans my age. I was able to do this hike huffing and puffing. It is steep, so that's why the heart rate is up almost the entire time. It is not very scary though. I would not take kids younger than about 12 though unless they've done a lot of hiking. The view is once in a life time. We went a little past where this beautiful view is taken. We spent about 3 hours doing the entire hike. If you have a camelback it is nice to have your hands free. You will need water for sure. Nice to have your hands free because you need them to grab onto trees and the mountain to help yourself up the trail.