Features: Wildflowers — Wildlife
If you begin along the eastern trailhead the terrain is pretty even. Mostly a primitive road with some rocks here and there. Once you work your way further west it becomes less of a trail. Not only does the trail become less defined but the ground becomes uneven and there are some holes. You will notice this mostly in the valley area leading to the western trailhead.
There are two trailheads: the eastern one that begins in the back of the RV paid area of the Silver Campground and the western one that begins further down along the road. There is parking available at the paid area but you should work with the hosts if your intention is just to run. Starting on the eastern trailhead, you'll mostly work your way through the forest on a primitive road. No big views but beautiful forest scenery.
Be advised, there is some partial overgrowth so the trail might be hard to follow. Luckily, this trail also doubles as a cross-country skiing trail in the winter so there are plenty of blue diamonds either nailed to the trees or displayed on carsonite signposts. If you ever get lost, look for the diamonds to get you back on track or use the Trail Run Project mobile app
to help find your way.
Once on the western side of this loop trail, the way becomes less defined and the tree cover is sparse. You'll mostly be working through the valley on uneven soil. This is an easy spot to lose the trail, especially once you pass the gravel pit. Again, make sure you follow the blue diamonds; they will keep you in the right direction. Once you are in the valley, you are on the homestretch. It's a steady climb up to the western trailhead. If you parked back at the RV paid area you'll have to make your way along the road to get back.
Sparse groups of wildflowers are scattered throughout. Evidence of elk and deer exists along the trail though none seen. Due to droppings it seems the valley on the west side might be a popular place for them to hang out.