Great trail! We hiked it two days in a row in opposite directions. On the first day, two dogs came running up behind us at full speed and scared us half to death! They walked with us for a while until they heard something and went to investigate. We assumed they were dropped at the lake but we posted pics and shared on Facebook to see if anyone lost them. The second day we started at the gravel access road and it was quite a long uphill walk to start. After we got into the woods it was smooth sailing. Saw several deer along our hike.