1. It says here that the Northwest Forest Pass is required. Way back in 2006, the park used to charge a parking fee (but no pass requirement), but that was discontinued in '06 or early '07. As of July of this year, there's never been a pass requirement. So unless they recently changed something, this is incorrect in my experience.
2. Recently another trail has been opened and signed. It branches off from the Pine Ridge trail at the very summit and heads almost straight north down the butte for a bit before turning west and then slowly and eventually wrapping around to the east and taking you back to the parking lot. I only stumbled on this right before I moved out of town and hiked it once. It was fun, and a little rougher than the main, more graded trail. Unfortunately I don't have any more details.
My bad on being extremely slow to reply. I have made the change about the pass requirement. If you have any reference to the new trail you can point to it would be nice to see. Thank you.