Oh my gawd, hiking up that with a boat must have sucked. It would still suck, but less so since they cleaned it out. The forest service must have some gangsta chain saws. Many of the logs are over three feet in diameter. I didn't go all the way to the river but most of the way and it was in good shape. The one creek crossing is a little messed up and there are a few places where a major league root ball took a bunch of the surface with it and the trail now goes through a hole. There are some very impressive landslides as well.
The changes make for some spectaclar views that did not exist before. The downside is the loss of those awesome hemlocks, red oaks, and white pines. They had to be way over 100 years old. Anchor an object with a mass and a center of gravity like that into soil that is that thin... I'm glad I wasn't there when it was happening.