The hike, as it turned out, was very strenuous, with steep inclines and declines on sometimes rocky surfaces. We had to stop and rest two times during just a three mile hike! Thank goodness we each had full Swells (water bottles) at the start. We ended the hike with one swallow of water left.
We learned a few lessons. When asking someone about the difficulty of a hike, consider the age of the person you are asking. What may seem easy to a twenty something, is not the same as a sixty something. Also, consider the environment. We have spent the last two winters hiking in Florida. All the trails are flat! Dahlonaga is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountain range. If you ask a local about the difficulty of a hike, remember they are used to this kind of hiking.
In the future, we will make sure we have plenty of water, trekking poles and my knapsack with all our emergency supplies! We are in our sixties, but no matter what age, you should play it safe.
By the way, although the hike was strenuous, it was a great hike with beautiful views of the lake. Afterwards, we made our way back to Dahlonaga for lunch at Shenanigans. The air conditioning felt soooo good!