I'd heard about the cement steps/handholds from other people who'd hiked the trail and the steps sounded scary and I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it through that area, but it was easy. I didn't even use the cement steps/handholds. It looked like they were in the place you'd have to take if water was running down the trail. Since it was dry I was able to choose the route that didn't have the cement. The cement steps are not in the picture.