The trail goes through pine forests most of the way. It is hard to follow at times. The trail skirts the edge of Henderson Park and from there is access to Carter Creek, Coffee Pot Park, Last Chance Creek Trail and Josephine Lake Trail. Before the trail drops into Carter Creek there are great views of the creek. The trail becomes very rough at this point. After you leave Henderson Park, water is scarce until Carter Creek. It’s about two miles to Henderson Park and three more miles to its junction with Last Chance Creek Trail. This hike is in Holy Cross Wilderness, so please adhere to wilderness regulations.
From Basalt to the Trailhead: Travel 27 miles up the Fryingpan River road. Take Forest Rd. #501, (there’s no sign) to the left, and go past Elk Wallow Campground. A short distance past the campground, take the left fork for about a half-mile to the trailhead on the left side.