Beginning from the Horseshoe Lake parking area, make a left turn at the intersection of Middle Trail
and Upper Trail, and begin a gradual, rocky ascent along lava capped bluffs. You'll encounter a large drainage with a short climb just before intersecting Red Bud Trail.
Further along the trail, there is a large boulder with an unlabeled trail marker where people often take the steep trail down to intersect with Middle Trail
and Lower Trail
. Upper Trail becomes more chunky before leading to a rather steep drainage that requires a short scramble. After this drainage, Upper Trail terminates at West Live Oak Trail just above its intersection with Middle Trail
. Heading back on Middle Trail
or Lower Trail
makes for a good loop.