Travel through aspens and meadows; spruce and fir. A compass and map are recommended due to the multiple trails created by grazing cattle. There are restrictions to protect elk herds who have their calves in this area each spring, so please don’t use the trail before June 21 and leave your dog at home.
From Basalt to the trailhead: Take Highway 82 to El Jebel. Go right and through El Jebel, and travel about five miles on County Road 13 to Basalt Mountain Road. Turn right here, proceed two miles and take the left fork, which immediately goes downhill. At the bottom of the hill is cow camp, go right and follow this road about 2.5 miles to an old wooden locked gate. The trail starts approximately 50 feet south of this gate.