We did this hike because Sam's point parking was full, honestly, not a great trail. It was rocky but not in a good way, just washed out and uncomfortable to walk on. It never opened up to views. Basically, its just a long treck through the woods. Also, we found no "loop." It just kind of dead ends where there should be an alternate trail, must have overgrown. So we ended up just turning around by the stream. Two good factors: it is a decent workout, its a pretty unrelenting uphill hike and there are a couple fifties car wreaks on the side of the trail.