My wife and I did this ride round trip as our first "off road" ride. The grade is mild, the surface one step below paved, and the scenery is beautiful. We started out a bit late for early August and did not take enough water but that was our poor planning not the trail. Like many comments here, the first mile is uninspired as it runs parallel a waste/recycling operation. This goes by quickly as it transforms into a stunning landscape of granite formations, placid lake scenes, and open vistas. Definitely a trip to repeat with plenty of water and a camera.