The trailhead is approximately 100 ft from Savage's Trading Post. There will be a sign which points you in the direction of the trail. The initial part of the trail is somewhat steep. In addition, the first 0.75 miles of the trail traverses private property so respect is of utmost importance as always should be, whether in private or public land.
The trail is on the north side of the river so shade is minimal. The trail contours along the side of a mountain and is about 2 feet wide. It offers spectacular views of the South Fork of the Merced River and the surrounding Sierra Nevada National Forest. There is an abundance of wildflowers in the spring which look spectacular. The trail ends at Hite Cove and meets the Hites Cove Mine Rd. which you can follow down to CA route 140. Bug repellent is recommended.