We switched to this hike in the Sky Lakes area as an alternative to the originally scheduled Mt. Bailey hike because of concerns about smoke from the Red Buttes and Klamath fires. Didn't see much smoke until the afternoon but it was quite smokey for our stop at Lake of the Woods and on the drive home.
Drive to the TH was under two hours including a 20 minute stop on DIM due to chip sealing.
A fair amount of deadfall on the loop back, although nothing insurmountable.