It could go either way
A hike partially along abandoned jeep roads, and partially along a trail. Ends near Pivot Spring at the top and at FR142 at the bottom.
Bring a filter if intending to filter from Pivot Spring. It looks clean but could be contaminated. Also, the area is a maze of old jeep trails and hiker trails, be cautious you stay on route.
You will encounter an old cabin on route. I was told there area actually two cabins. I only saw the one :(
From FR142 hike into the "Area Closed To Motor Vehicles" area as it winds its way along a rocky creekbed. After half a mile a jeep trail leaves heading south, do not take it. Instead, continue along the creek making use of hiker trails where they exist and parallel the creek.
After about 1.2 miles, you will want to follow the old jeep trails heading south, rather than continue going straight to the west. The jeep trail goes along the creekbed for awhile and is pleasantly shaded. Continue walking the jeep trail until you see the cabin. It appears people have gotten creative with reorganizing the top rows of logs of the cabin. Inside someone has constructed a rock monstrosity out of the chimney remnants.
Outside, you can that it is in pretty darn good shape as far as old cabins are concerned, the place where there was a chimney is obvious, although the roof no longer exists. When done, continue south along the jeep road. Once you pass the jeep road you will begin to encounter dozens of intersections. Each time take the option that goes left. Eventually you will drop into the canyon floor and begin heading up canyon. Hope that the idiots lugging cartons of bullets leaving the cartons behind, and shooting at targets littered over the area are not there as you round the next bend.
After awhile the canyon gets very green and lush and there are ferns everywhere. The trail has become a footpath and is fairly easy to follow as it ascends the canyon. You will come to a junction where two creeks diverge upstream. Follow the trail along the left branch (looking upcanyon). The trail will lead you to Pivot Rock spring, and a short distance later, to the top of the rim and FR 616.
Pivot Rock spring provides cold water and natural air-conditioning as it emerges from its dark alcove. If it is a hot day, rest here awhile and cool off!
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.