This was a really fun hike. I took a group of 7 out this way for a first of the season trip and we all really enjoyed it. The walk along the base of the cliffs was easy going so it made for a nice warm up. Of course the warm up was needed because the route to the top of the cliffs is quite steep at times and moderately steep the rest of the time. On the upside, it's only a little over half a mile before you get to the easier terrain at the top. The first view is fantastic, out along the notch. The one thing I would say is that it feels like you should be done climbing when you get to the top of the cliffs, but you still have some climbing left, but nothing compared to coming up the cliffs. Once you get to the view of Washington (which is great by the way) it starts descending. At first the descent is gradual and meandering, but there is a section where it drops down fairly steeply. Again, the steep section does not last very long, and you are back on a meandering path. Several stream crossing and a beautiful cascade (that isn't even mentioned in the write up) later, you find yourself at Arethusa falls. If you haven't seen them before, they are spectacular. The hike out from here is farily easy going, but is a steady descent (my knees starting getting tired). All together it was a really enjoyable hike: the views and the falls are great, and the forest you traverse along the way is beautiful as well (I especially liked crossing between evergreen and deciduous forests, the variety is wonderful).