Trail 8 winds its way nonchalantly past the Session Trail connection to a block-armored section. This armoring leads up to the "Three Kings." The Three Kings are a series of climbs that prove your skill and how much endurance remains in your legs. The first king has defeated many who have attempted to conquer it. It's a technical climb that will challenge your gear shifting, body positioning and pedaling. The second and third kings are more about line choice and momentum. Following the kings is a downhill run complete with washouts, sand, gravel and tight switchbacks.
Trail 8 exits onto Haul Road, where you can rest at the Stump Pond picnic table before heading up to Trail 9. Another choice would be to jump back onto Trail 4.