This was a fun trip, but when the trail guide says to bring sturdy boots, they really mean it. The majority of the trip is on the Apalachian trail and this section of it is covered with rocks, some sharp, some large, and some you could swear someone put in your way to make life more difficult. Rarely will you take two step in a straight line without having to adjust your footing around a rock.
The other issue to consider is pets. If you like to hike with your dog(s) like we do, the steep section described at the 1.5 mile mark is quite harsh on dogs, the clib is really steep and narrow and I worried about my 100lb dog's footing, and I had to help him in a couple of spots. Coming back it is even harder. Also be aware of the heavy tick and fly population, which are annoying to both humans and pets.
Otherwise it is a enjoyable hike, and if you choose to take it during the week, it also quite deserted and you are likely to find good swimming holes around Crater lake, which you should have all to yourself. If you feel that walking back over all those rocks is a bit to much, you can take the return trip along the unpaved road leading from Crater Lake back to the parking area. There are some stunning views along that route, and it is a lot easier on tiered feet, tiered pets, or tiered children