I actually hiked the foothills trail from sloan bridge to the road to the hatchery, walked the road to the hatchery because I wanted to see how my dog would react to the fish tanks, and then took the east fork trail from the hatchery to where we camped. I highly recommend taking that route if you like to cover a little more distance -- its a nice hike especially because of one huge waterfall a mile or two from sloan bridge.
The hike is 100% downhill. Pod was nice enough to give me a ride from burrels ford to my truck so I didn't have to do the uphill hike out, but I think next time I'd like to give it a try, using the hoothills trail rather than the east fork to make the return route a little different.
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