From the trailhead in Twin Meadows, hike west along the creek. The trail is marked with blue metal tags on trees for Nordic skiers. Mt. Yeckel provides a breathtaking view of the Fryingpan River drainage and the Elk range. Sawmill Park has the remains of an old firewatcher’s lookout tower and cabin. The trail ends at Sawmill Park, but there is access all the way to Aspen by picking up the Spruce Creek Trail at the other end of the park. This is in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness, so please adhere to wilderness ethics.
From Basalt to the Trailhead: Follow the Fryingpan River Road for 28 miles. Turn right on Forest Rd. #504 at the Norrie Colony sign. Follow this gravel road three miles and turn right on the first gravel road fork. The trailhead bulletin board is visible as soon as you enter Twin Meadows. High clearance is required with a 4×4 vehicle recommended.