From the east side of the parking lot, head into the trees along the singletrack. At first the grade is very mild but it soon steepens once the trail hits the first switchback. The trail continues to climb through a dark forest with scattered moss until it diverts to the right at the intersection with the Lower Lookout Alternate
(a narrow section of trail that travels along the edge of the slope).
Close trees continue to border the trail as it passes low seasonal pools at the base of a short ridge. Ahead, a sweeping switchback turns up the slope to climb through a grove of alders that let in substantially more light. The remainder of the trail travels very easily on a tread reinforced with gravel and surrounded by pleasant alders before ending at a service road across from the Lookout Loop Trail
and Waterfall Loop Trail