“A steady, gradual climb through forest and meadows.”
— Joshua Wells
Almost all of the run is within the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness so please be mindful of wilderness restrictions posted on the parking lot sign.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Parking is somewhat limited directly at the trailhead, but many people just park alongside the road if the little parking lot fills up and it's not a problem.
There is a wilderness map and registration list at the parking lot before you start, but really the trail is very well-defined and easy to follow. The trail consists mostly of dirt with the occasional root and rock. Water can be found nearby for at least 75% of the trail, so you definitely shouldn't have to worry too much about finding a solid water source.
You'll find that the elevation gain is very steady for the most part. There a few places where it is steeper than others, like any trail, but overall there aren't a ton of exceptionally flat areas. Once you get into the meadows (probably about half of the run), you'll have nice views of the nearby ridges and peaks.
You may see a few other parties on the trail, but Buffalo Peaks Wilderness tends to be less popular than the nearby Collegiate Peaks so it can be very peaceful and secluded.