Few years ago I started out on the trail on the pass between Sagehen and Smiths Ferry. I fell over trying to cross a tree root about a 1/4 mile in. I turned around!
A year or two later I discovered the trailhead off the ATV trail system north of Sagehen. I didn't do it.
Handy, I give you a ton of credit for what you did with such limited trail s'perience.
We've ridden our mules/horses on the trails to the west of the FAA golf ball thingy up from Ramage Meadows/Wilson Corral area's. Maybe you saw the cabin down in the valley to the SW of the ball in the valley below Gabes Peak. We were there. BTW, you can't, but even if you could, you would never want to ride the trails we were on.
Again, I tip my hat to you.