We were on a mission to get out of the backcountry on Labor Day, so this day was completed about as quickly as we could possibly have done it given our relative inexperience and overweight packs! In any case, the first 2 miles are a serious climb going up 1000 feet quickly before moderating. But after crossing the JO Pass at nearly 9,400 feet, the last 3.7 miles are almost entirely downhill. This is certainly the least popular of the trails that made up our three-day loop, and in several instances, large logs crossed the trail and had not been cut. (The other trails on our trip never had any obstacle that had not been cleared.) This trail is not nearly as scenic as some of the others in the area, but is a key link if you use the Big Meadow trailhead, or visit Jennie Lake or Weaver Lake. We used it as a connector between the Twin Lakes Trail across Silliman Pass, and the Belle Canyon Trail in Rowell Meadow.