The route splits off from the trail to Monte Cristo (accessed from Barlow Pass). In the space of 4.5 miles, the trail gains 2,840 ft. in elevation. The path starts in forest and pastoral wetlands fed by mountain waterfalls. Then, the ascent begins: switchbacks carry you steeply up to the slopes of Silvertip Peak.
Chipmunks skitter through the trees, ice bridges melt into waterfalls, the trail winds over rocks. Fair warning: part of the trip requires extensive rock scrambling.