We decided to drive around to the other side of the picnic area and start the loop trail there. Now that we did it, though, I would suggest starting on the other side and go DOWN all those steps instead of having to come UP them. Shew! I forgot all about those stairs.
Whatever side you decide to start from, you will see some beautiful views of the gorge.
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir