There can be dogs, if there’s a big rain its likely to be washed out in places… though they’ve been slowly making improvements. But the south side of the climb is a lot more interesting and maybe a little easier.
You really feel like you’ve stepped into another world going round the long way. If you are feeling really adventurous, keep going straight instead of turning right up the climb. It eventually dead ends, but there’s some weirdness back there.