A nice for trail running, just be alert at the halfway mark to stay on the correct trail.
The Gold Digger Trail is about 4 miles long. You can only access this trail from the Two-Spot Trail
as it branches off and ascends and traverses the side of Woody Mountain but never comes near the summit. I used this as part of a loop run with the Two-Spot Trail
in a clockwise direction. The trail is easy to find and begins to gradually ascend as it crosses several forest service roads. There are trail markers only when it crosses a forest service road. After about two miles, you'll reach an aspen grove and a ramada with picnic table and water collection feature. This is a good place for lunch.
After the ramada, the trail climbs a hill crossing over another forest service road. As you top out on this hill, the trail appears to turn left with a single large cairn. This well-worn and traveled trail is the wrong way! It seems to be a mountain bike trail but I could not find any information about it. The trail that looks less traveled and turns slightly right and downhill is the Gold Digger Trail. There was no marker, and I went a bit out of the way until I realized I was going the wrong way and turned back. You can always use the Trail Run Project mobile app
to make sure you stay on the right track.
From that point, the trail has a gentle descent through an open forest. This is a prime area to encounter elk; however, I did not see any during my late afternoon run.