Definitely go counter clockwise on this one! Climbing up is roots and stones - but gradual ascent with only a couple steep bits. Descending met some cows - have to cross the highway to do the last 1.7k, you'll walk along the ridge overlooking the river. On the way up it flattens out and you think you're at the top? You're not! There are two or three more climbs. Payoff is beautiful.
Trail easy to follow and I hoofed it with a 30lb toddler on my back, in 2.5hrs.