As stated in several other comments, you walk all the way to the top of the stairs and cross behind the sign that says the trail is closed. You then proceed to go uphill for what seemed like forever.. but it did eventually plateua out. the scenery along the way was decent. Mostly within the trees, we saw a couple small lizards but otherwise it was just a hike through overgrown nature. Due to time restraints (2 hours to get in and out) we did not make it to the end.. but it was a cloudy day so I'm not certain we would have been able to see much anyways. not a ton of mud for our hike. Very fun and would definitely recommend it to those who can handle uphill climbing.