Fabulous day to hike this trail! The Air Force Thunderbirds (F16 fighters) were practicing overhead for the graduation air show in a couple of days so gorgeous trails, scenery and jets screaming by was awesome!! Moderate trail, easy to follow, beautiful forest areas, meadows, small creeks, etc. Will definitely do this one again!
On the advice of a friend rode counter - clockwise on Sun 26 Jul. Great ride but definitely a challenge. Trail is well marked. I started at the start/finish defined on alltrails but met several other riders starting from other trail heads. One commented she wanted to go ahead and get the long climb encountered on the clockwise route done early in the ride, this was probably around Pine Rd.
Great trail. It is pretty technical and sandy throughout, so running it is certainly not easy. But the views are well worth it and the trail keeps you pretty engaged and entertained. Just need to be aware of your surroundings if running to avoid accidents with bikers. Well worth the drive onto post.