The guide indicates the trail will take 4-7 hours and is "moderate to difficult". I have done enough of the East Coast Trail to know that I am on the high end of hiking times. This may be because I stop every 5 minutes to take a picture, or it may be because I am getting a bit long in the tooth and wide in the chassis...hard to say, and pointless to question, but I am always mindful of it when I go on a hike.
I often hike the Signal Hill trail, which is across the harbour from the start point of Deadman's Bay Path in Fort Amherst; it was fantastic to see Signal Hill from a new perspective.
When we began our ascent I was joking with my Sherpa Guide that we should have brought some ascending rappel ropes for help in a few spots, because it was quite steep.
By the time we got to the top, and took a look around at the others that had reached the peak before us, I felt a strong desire to eat my words; many were berry picking and a few of them had young kids with them. Me nerves! I figured they must have a mountain goat parked nearby somewhere, to help ferry their berries back down the rock face.
When we began our descent it became evident that these weren't 'ordinary' people. A young girl named Emily proved my point as she skipped past us at one point. I believe she was actually the result of that project they have on the go in Australia where they are splicing kangaroo genes into human embryos in an attempt to develop a bouncier human. Oh yeah...it's a thing. Don't question it.