I'd done Strachan before, but quite a long time ago (2002 and maybe 2003).
What I had totally not remembered was the strange long detour at the start (if you do the "old trail" like 103 hikes suggests) where you hike a few km down the BP trail and then arc back to essentially just cover the same ground you covered!
That being said,.. that part of the trail is really lush, and worth seeing, but I do understand why people out for a workout might just go straight up the ski run for the first bit and probably shave off an hour.
This trail is your standard North Shore classic. Decent views (make sure you go to the North summit,.. it isn't nearly as daunting as it looks), and a nice loop trail so you don't need to cover the same ground twice.
For us, the ascent was straight forward (we did notice that the airplane debris had been spread to 2 places, from the original 1). There were bugs, but not a crazy amount by any stretch, and at the top a mild breeze was enough to minimize them.
On the way down we took the infamous Christmas gully. I can say confidently that snow is no longer an issue there as it often is. Maybe 2 spots that snow is an obstacle you need to solve at all, both only a few minutes long. However, we were really luck that our friend Gabriela spotted where the actual "trail" branches from the creek bed,.. I had already gone past it when she did and going is challenging on the slippery rocks up to that point.
We went for a drink on the patio of the Crazy Raven which was a first for me,... a nice addition to the hiking area. All in all, a nice throwback to when hiking for me was always on the North Shore, and always these 4-5 hour ones. ...