GPS measurements showed that this route is only 7.0 miles whereas the segments listed above sum up to 7.7 miles. Stream Trail slowly loses elevation. Orchard Trail is a good climb. French Trail gains and loses elevation all along. French Trail goes through redwoods. The last portion of French Trail, close to the junction with West Ridge Trail, is along a creek.
In March 2011, signs were missing at some junctions along French Trail. You would have to follow this trail carefully with a good sense of direction. Plenty of maps were available at Skyline Gate Staging Area.