“Enjoy the scenic creeks along this fun, mostly downhill trail.”
— Chris Wandervans
The western segment of the Hay-Knapp Creek trail begins near Hindman lake. The trail climbs to a ridge overlooking the lake and the valley below. The climb can be steep in a couple of sections, but is manageable to run.
Once at the top of the pass, you'll begin with a steep descent on some switchbacks to the creek. Leaving the switchbacks, the trail will mellow out as it turns into gradual singletrack along the creek. There are some technical rocky sections that you'll need to watch your step on, and a couple of short uphills, but mainly the trail works its way down the drainage at a moderate grade.
At the end of this trail, you'll meet up with the doubletrack road, known as the Hay-Knapp Creek (Western ATV Segment).