The trail goes through pine forests most of the way. It is hard to follow at times. The trail skirts the edge of Henderson Park and from there you can access Carter Creek, Coffee Pot Park, Last Chance Creek Trail and Josephine Lake trails. Before the trail drops into Carter Creek you have a great view of the creek. The trail becomes very rough at this point. After you leave Henderson Park water is scarce until you reach Carter Creek. It is about 2 miles to Henderson Park and 3 more miles to its junction with Last Chance Creek trail.
Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road about 27 miles. Take road #501 to the left and go past Elk Wallow Campground. A short distance past the campground take the left fork for about a half mile to the trailhead on the left side. Caution: it is hard to see.
Early June through Mid-September
(NOTE: Snow at higher elevations prevents access to this area during the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.)