This is a belated report, but back in July, I was at a conference and had a three-hour break, so of course my first thought was "Go for a hike!".
I checked the map, and there was one five-miler, "High Windy", that seemed to be calling my name. So, I grabbed my knife and a bottle of water, and started going.
I should mention that this is one of my first solo hikes. Most of the time, I'm hiking or backpacking in a group, and I'm always the one who outpaces everyone a little bit and has to concentrate on slowing my pace. I was excited to have the chance to challenge myself and see what my true pace was.
This trail was a steep uphill trail, but fairly open and easy to follow, with 1400 feet of elevation in about 2.5 miles (and then back down). The ridge that I was hiking up to was actually the Eastern Continental Divide. To my surprise, I made it up in about an hour, and took a quick break looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains.
It was an even bigger surprise when I got down in less than half an hour. So, I figured that my true pace in rough terrain is close to 3 miles per hour if I throw some ups in with the downs.
It was an enjoyable hike with some great views, and it really gave me a chance to test my own limits.