Within Buckhorn Wilderness this trail setting includes conifer forest, wildflowers, lake meadows, alpine lake, and rugged mountains. Trail is heavily wooded the first 2 miles and then it opens up with views of mountains and lakes.
The trail is 5.5 miles in length from upper Mt. Townsend Trailhead. Grade is 20% to Silver Lakes Trail for 3 miles and 8% the last 2.5 miles.