loved this trail!
gunshots from hunters the first mile was unnerving - never experienced guns randomly going off all around me like that. was very deep into the forest through the haymen burn area, we'll maintained one lane dirt road. remember there being a few turns to get there, be sure you have a map or written directions your gpm probably won't work. worth the drive, i try to do it yearly.
This was a nice incline for trail running, just enough of a challenge and like others said, you pass over several steams which are pretty. Pretty well maintained trail, but then again I'm not too picky, I hopped over one tree that has fallen but that's kind of part of the experience if you ask me haha. Anyway, I ran 3 miles in and ran into one couple who said it goes on for many miles further past that. I decided to stop 3 miles in as I was short on time to keep exploring. Great day hike! Be careful on the road in. Pike national forests roads are badly washed so my Subaru made it but it was slow going; 4WD vehicles went much faster.
The trail is awesome! Well maintained and easily identifiable. You follow the creek for maybe the first mile or mile and a half but after that the water becomes a little scarce. We hiked six miles in and found a nice little meadow with a creek running next to it that provided plenty of water for pumping. Great trail without a lot of switchbacks so the inclines and declines are a little steep. Saw some wildlife and a few people but otherwise fairly quiet.
I hiked this trail on July 9, 2016. The trail was easy to follow and surprisingly dry, with only a few wet or muddy spots. I changed into sandals to cross the stream, rather than walk over the log bridge. Starting at the Lost Creek Campground and stopping at the beaver ponds was 13 miles (round trip). Remember your bug spray!