The first 4 miles is a stiff and relatively uninteresting climb that parallels the road. After this point, you reach the saddle and turn right for the descent towards Crandall Lake. Then the scenery gets fantastic and the trail gets real fun. Once you hit the road, turn around and return, enjoying all the technical spots on the climb. If you don\\\'t want to make the climb next to the road, drive to the upper trailhead and take the short, but steep climb to the saddle. You can also make a loop by using park roads, but they are all paved and heavily traveled.