The Sullivan Coastal book lists the distance as 10 miles, rather than 8. And Mike is correct about the confusion on the junction -- once you turn left, at the sign which indicates what the RESTRICTIONS are, and then you get into a flatter clear cut/logging area within 10 minutes. Otherwise, you end up at the top of a different mountain (did that).
Lovely little hike, rest of the description is correct. FYI - no cell coverage on the hike, in case you need to call for help 'cause the keys are locked in the trunk (did that too).