We took the short trail anyway and the instructions correctly described a large boulder about half way up and some nice views from the top.
And there was even a little water for Kelley
Since that took only 15 or 20 minutes we headed to nearby McFarland. This trail starts from a park service road ( a couple of hundred feet in) about a tenth of a mile past park headquarters. People have placed more cairns so the trail is easier to follow than in the past. The ridge is fairly open and pretty with views.
We spent some time wandering the brush looking for another abandoned trail ( which we have failed to find in the past) and then head back down and went over to the Breakneck road and followed that to the ponds
This is entirely Kelley's work- I was focused on a leaf floating on mirror smooth water until she jumped in.
A good mix and an interesting hike 2 hours