From Nadelos Tenting Area the trail climbs over a few forested switchbacks to the ridge. Once on the ridge the trail continues to climb to Chemise mountain, but it is not a very steep trail. For the most part the climb is rather gentle.
The trail passes through some forested areas with mushrooms, but a lot of the trail is fairy open surrounded by bushes and short trees. You get plenty of views of the rugged mountains to the east as well as ocean views. At places you can look back at Shelter Cove.
The trail is more forested during the descent and you eventually come across what appears to be an unfinished structure. Who knows, maybe it's finished now but it didn't look like any work had been done on it for some time. You should take a break here because the next section is going to be about the most hair-raising descents imaginable. From here the trail plunges to Whale Gulch. This is a very steep and slippery trail that drops off to the ocean directly to your right. The steepest part of this trail passes by a house with a barking dog and a cock-a-doodle-dooing rooster.
Once you arrive at Whale Gulch the trail remains mostly flat the rest of the way to Bear Harbor. First you pass by a marsh with a small hill separating you from the ocean and then you come out to a flat area a couple hundred feet above the ocean. There are a few campgrounds here before you get to the Needle Rock Visitors Center which has some very comfortable chairs on the front porch.
From the visitors center you follow the dirt Briceland Road to the parking area where the road ends. There are about 3 or 4 different campgrounds right next to each other. Bear Harbor would be the best of these but it was full so we stayed at Railroad Camp. Just as we arrived a herd of Elk was passing through. There must have been nearly 20 of them of all ages with one buck who had an impressive set of antlers.