My daughter and I went up from Aspen Grove to Mineshaft Flats over Memorial Day weekend.
There were quite a lot of downed trees. I wouldn’t say that any were particularly difficult for me or my daughter, but then she and I may be younger than your friend and may not have had something register as “hard” for us. One definitely had to climb over and around a lot of them.
I have photos, but the SGW site has very tight size restrictions, so I can’t post them.