Some tough climbs. Long fireroad climb. Great scenery. Starting at about 5000 feet and climbing to about 6200 where you can stop at "lunch rock" and take in the view. Rocky, rough technical singletrack downhill follows.
A: yes, a few months back. the gabrieleno trail had some trees down, but I hear they have cleaned it up. It is a great ride. Super fun trail with lots of drops and rocky technical areas. You do have to climb a 1/4 mile of steep paved road to get back up to switzer at the end of the trail.