This hike turned out to be both more pleasant and harder than expected at the same time. The weather couldn't have been much better to start, clear and almost chilly. We probably spent more time exploring the cabin at the trail head than we should have instead of being on the trail. Although some areas were a bit vague in general the trail was easy to follow. There were a number of running creek crossings that posed a slight challenge for one hiker who wished to keep his hiking boots from getting soaked.
On the hike out we took a side trip to the remains of the Fred Haught cabin, again spending time wandering instead of hiking. Once we hit the trail again, we were passed by a couple guys on horseback who seemed to know where they were going. Farther along the trail we came down a steep embankment onto a road where we saw tracks, noting the horsemen had turned left to follow the road. From my information I knew the trial followed the road for a short distance, so we followed their tracks.
Unfortunately, after a mile or so we came upon the horsemen who were puzzled at where the trail went. It turned out they had never been on this trail before, so by following their tracks it was the blind leading the blind. Together we went one more mile, knowing the trail should go off to our right somewhere, but finding nothing we turned back. Only when we came back to the steep bank did we see a sign pointing the OTHER way on the road. The problem with the sign, unless one turned around and looked almost straight behind coming down the embankment (while you are concentrating on keeping your footing) you wouldn't see it.
Oh well, by this time we had frittered away so much time we decided not to add another 2+ miles to the hike and headed back. But no matter, that just means we'll be back sometime in the future.
Photos from the hike are here:http://www.changephoenix.com/10/2010-07-17FredHaught.html