You could ride up this trail as an 8 mile out and back, but there is way more fun to be had with less climbing going up the Cave Lake Overlook Trail counterclockwise, adding on High Roller to Twisted Pines. A sweet 4 mile Juniper and Pinion Forest, twisty, roller coaster seems to go on forever descent with a few very sharp corners, 3 low hanging Helmet removing branches, a couple dozen above trail downhill leaning shoulder dislocating small non-yielding trees, and some fixed rock gardens, all designed to keep you focused. Upon completion enjoy the friendly climb up Steptoe Creek Trail, through the sagebrush forest, yeah, really tall sage brush, back to the Cave Lake CG.
The newest trail in this system. Jump on from Twisted Pines, using the Cave Loop Connector, a short climbing traverse, ride it clockwise, a 2.1 mile moderately techy skinny trail journey over the top of the mountain. The first section is a very brief rocky steep with a rolling traverse around the mountain back to Twisted Pines. By all means include this section in your adventure. The fun gets faster on Twisted Pines.
Fine counterclockwise climb up the afternoon side of the clock, great mix of dirt and small limestone bits with a couple fixed rock sections. The climb is relentless, shady and fun, steep in spots pushing the AT button with timely recovery sections all the way up. I would not ride this trail as a loop unto itself. The morning side when ridden counterclockwise is a very steep 12 to 30%. It's a hand cramping brakefest with a big side of steep minimal grade reversal switchbacking thrown in. This trail is best used as a quick up to High Roller and Twisted Pines trails. A rare combo of less up and more down when you combine them all with a gentle 2 mile climb up Steptoe Creek Trail through a sagebrush forest back to Cave Lake and Lakeview Campground.