Carter A. on Deer Run Trail
Trail is well-marked and well-maintained. There are some nice views of Yellow Creek at the segment farthest from the parking lot, and some areas nearer the parking lot that probably present a nice view when the maple trees aren't fully leafed out.
This trail is a little workout. Large vertical drop shortly after you get started mostly via wooden stairs. Levels out about a third of the way in. Crosses the street and swings you by Yellow Creek and then back across the street. Get ready for the final third.....back up to the top. The final leg is a little more gradual, yet still pretty steep. Almost no stairs on the way up, this was my favorite part.
This terrain is a varied as you can get, up steep hill, down a weaving set of wooden steps, along the river, and across a road twice. Today trail was snow packed and icy in some spots. But it does not matter which way you hike this trail you will have to make a good climb at the end.