For the first two miles, this trail is very steep and cuts across the powerline. Upon reaching the summit of Red Hill, follow the jeep trail north about a quarter mile. The jeep trail begins descending the hill here and the trail continues uphill. (No more intersections are found until the top of Red Table Mountain.) This trail offers some spectacular views of the Fryingpan Valley and the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness. Be rewarded at the top of this 8-mile ascent with a spectacular 360-degree view.
From Basalt to the Trailhead: Follow the Fryingpan River road for 12 miles to the Ruedi boat dock and campground road. The trailhead is located across the highway and up the road, 200 feet from the boat dock/campground entryway. Vehicles may be parked at the boat dock parking area.