We did this as a two day backpack starting and ending at the parking area near Pinchot Cabin. We spent the night at Dane Spring and cabin. (Water was flowing from the pipe.) We were seranaded several times during the night by a pack of coyotes. About half the trip was through incredibly lush vegetation.
I highly recommend downloading the GPS route provided by Belladonna T and watching your progress on the GPS whenever you are following a road while at the same time keeping an eye out for cairns and blazes.
- Cairns along a road usually mean the trail makes a 90 degree turn off the road at that point. (Unfortunately, blazes are often few and far between on the portions of the trail that follow roads and immediately after turning points.)
- If you haven't seen a blaze in an eighth mile of road travel, you probably aren't on the trail.
- Other than the road sections, the trail is well defined and easy to follow.