I was originally wanting to mix this loop up a bit and do that Red Tanks Super Loop, but I hit that Whiskey Spring & Red Tanks junction at 3pm and decided to take the shorter way out. Though I made it back to Peralta with enough daylight that I could have easily added another mile to the hike.
Well it's much easier to complete this loop with fair weather and with the creeks barely flowing, unlike last year with a torrential downpour and knee to waist high creek crossings.
The toughest section to follow and bushwhack thru is by far that section north from Dripping Springs to the Red Tanks Divide. It's also tough to stay on trail in upper La Barge, but if you're hiking counter-clockwise its a no-brainer to just hike downstream towards the box and you'll re-find the trail. Those old 'homesteads' near Coffee Flat can throw off some hikers, but as long as you keep heading east and aiming for Randolph Canyon you should be good. The highlights of this trip would be Barkley Basin, the eastside of Coffee Flat Mountain north of Dripping Springs, Upper La Barge Box of course, and the views around Miners Saddle are pretty sweet as well.