- 9.1 miles
- 6 - 7 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 3980 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 3980 feet to 4860 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 880 feet
- June to November
The roads to the southern trailhead are extremely rough and not recommended for passenger vehicle. There are loops at both trailheads for easy trailer parking.
This trail has very little vertical relief for the first six miles from the southern end, running relatively close to the contours. The majority of the trail is in moderate to heavy timber with only a few scenic vistas. A number of ruins left from old mining and timber activities are visible from the trail.
Part of the trail travels through heavy stands of old growth and the hiker can expect to have many opportunities to view pilated and other woodpeckers.
Map + Directions
No. 1 East end - From US Highway 26, approximately 1/4 mile west of Austin Junction, turn north on Forest Service road No. 2614. Proceed approximately 2 miles to Forest Service Road 2614229. Turn south on Forest Service road 2614229, drive approximately 1/4 mile to the trailhead.
No. 2 West end - From County Road 20, turn south on Forest Service road 2050. Drive approximately 1/4 mile to trailhead. DO NOT TURN UP THE HILL AWAY FROM THE CREEK. Forest Service Road 2050072 up the creek bottom becomes impassable, you may use this road as part of the trail.