This was without a doubt the toughest hike/climb I have ever done, 6288 feet high and over 4000 ft of gain in only 4 miles. Some of the grade was almost 60 % This was mostly the last mile and ½. The first 2.5 miles was tough but nothing like the last mile and ½. I would not recommend this hike for anybody except experienced hikers or trained athletes. Ed and I chose this trail because it was the most popular. We original planned to climb up Tuckerman Ravine Trial and come down Lions Head trail but it took us longer than we thought so we decided to pay for a ride down on the van. Had we hiked down we would not have gotten down until 8:30 or 9 PM and it would have been almost dark and that can be very dangerous hiking in the dark.. Below is a video of our hike.