DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

hiking
22 days ago

This is a sunny exposed trail, the alternate half of the upper end. I preferred this trail because the topography is so unusual compared to what I'm used to seeing on the East coast. For me, the upper trail did not pack the same Wow effect as this trail did. Just like the Upper trail, this is a two hour hike. Lots of wildflowers, a fair amount of locals hiking and walking dogs. I felt totally safe at all times. PLEASE do yourself a favor, and park at the TH for the Upper Thomas Creek trail, and walk down-hill. I wasted half an hour trying to find the actual lower trail head with google maps, and ended up giving up. Plus, it takes you on extremely bumpy roads that aren't OK for a rental sedan! Once I finally found this trail (Timberline Drive) I loved every minute of the hike! You do cross the stream one time, but there is no direct view of it for most of the hike. You hear it, but don't see it.