Climbing begins immediately and doesn't stop until the almost the top of the ride. Thankfully not technical but a total grind. Of course, the return trip is a blast though you have to watch your speed as the trail is quite narrow and not a berm along the way.
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Take Road 44 off of Highway 35; travel approximately 3 miles to Surveyors Ridge/Dog River trail shared TH (look or sign). Ride the first 1.5 beautiful miles of the Surveyors Ridge trail. Cooks Meadow trail begins just before the first wooden bridge. Look for sign on the right.