I can't say enough about the beauty of this trail. Having grown up in the area, I knew the country fairly well, but not from this perspective. The early July wildflowers were absolutely amazing! And considering the warning about mosquitoes, they weren't too unbearable, as long as you kept the repellent on.
The most difficult part, by far, is having to haul that large amount of water. It made for a few more rest stops than I usually take, but that just gave me more photo ops!
We did see bear tracks, but no scat or other signs. A pair of bald eagles blessed our journey on day 2 (which happened to be July 4th)!
The guide I printed form the site here was fairly accurate, but had a couple of sketchy points where we got lost and had to backtrack. Overall, we traveled about 31 miles, instead of 25. No worries, though. Just means more calories burned and more countryside seen!
Awesome hike. I highly recommend it!