I'm not sure where the information that the trail is 8 miles came from. I just hiked the trail, and the signage from either end states the trail is 4.2 miles. It is an easy hike taking about 1 hour 45 minutes. There are several places where rock slides have obliterated the trail. Tennis shoes or hiking boots definately recommended rather than flip flops, etc. The scenery is beautiful, the trail easy. Very enjoyable half day hike.