This trail runs east to west through the pristine old-growth forest in the protected area of the Dark Divide region of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
The trail descends it's full length down to Quartz Creek, ultimately connecting to the Quartz Creek Trail on the west side. For dendrophiles, you'll want to be sure to note the granddaddies in the area: Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western redcedar scattered in sunlit areas. Some of the trees in this area are estimated to be 500 years old.
The high canopy of this forest lining the trail makes it ideal for a shady walk on a hot summer day. Sparse understory means you can see quite a distance as you hike on this inviting trail. And the constant descent means you'll want hiking poles since the trail is steep in places.
The creek is a feeder to the Lewis River and remains flowing throughout the year. You'll have your best experience here between May and October, but keep in mind the blueberries ripen in late summer; August is usually your best bet.