Water stop at trail junction

About 3.3 miles from the trailhead, the trail passes a small seasonal creek, and then eases a bit as it comes to a fork. The left way crosses Stafford Creek and then works gradually up and across the ridge toward Startup Creek. For this trip, we will take the fork to the right, which starts more sharply uphill. But first, a relaxing break on the rocks at Stafford Creek. It's a great chance to grab a cold drink and to chill the feet. In that order of course.

Stafford trail