Remember: The safest place right now is at home.
I'm glad you enjoyed the hike, even if it ended up seeming longer than originally expected. Your daughter is quite the trooper for completing the loop!
I have rechecked the mileage for this loop as written, using our map with junction-to-junction mileages that are derived from wheeled measurements and computer-generated lengths, and the stated 5 mile length is accurate. Hikes rated as strenuous can often include steep climbs and/or descents that sometimes make the distance feel much longer than it actually is.
Trail Conference cartographer