This is such a beautiful trail! The hike starts on the Cold Springs Trail, continues to the North Trail, lastly Little Summit Trail. This is a total of 10.3 miles for the hike up. The trail was rated difficult to challenging, but if you prepare well it's well worth it.(light weight- high protein food, water, good shoes and socks, and of course lots of stretching before and after) As far as the hike down there are a few options, choose according to where your campsite is. I would suggest getting a map at the ranger station to follow the trail up and to choose one for the hike down. There were many different layers of the mountain each had adapted to it's elevation and position. One layer is this incredible aftermath of a windstorm from 1972. Uprooted trees with roots twice my height! It is one of the most surreal experiences I've had. I would also start in the late morning so you have most of the day. Bring a camera!