Begin at the trailhead (if you park in the lot South of it, the trail extends a few hundred feet to this lot) and hike West and North. Mile markers occur regularly, as do benches and port-a-potties. Enjoy those views and the wonderful shade. Just past 3.5 miles, is a picnic area with tables. When you’re ready, return the way you came. Up to 12 miles total if you turn back where the pavement ends. Else, you can continue North on San Andreas Trail (see San Andreas Trail for more information).