This is a Short connector trail ( 0.6 miles ) from the South Fire Loop Trail to the Mica Mountain Trail, with an elevation drop of 234 feet (AEG of 280 from other direction). The trail heads west from the South Fire Loop Trail and drops 200 feet gradually to a small creek that is part of the Chimenea Creek upper drainage system. Once across this creek the trail continues west around the lower reaches of a ridge that comes down off of Mica Mountain, within 0.2 miles you arrive at the Mica Mountain Trail.
This is a pretty nondescript trail that is used mainly as a connector trail to other places. For those hiking around the Reef Rock Trail and wanting to head back to Manning Camp this is a possible trail in Connection with the lower Mica Mountain Trail. The trail between the stream crossing and Mica Mountain Trail was rather pleasant going through the Ponderosa Pine forests. For those Camping at Manning camp and want a nice stroll before calling it a day might consider the Lower Mica Mountain Trail and the lower parts of this trail.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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