Daniel Nasaw sent this brief post-trip update back in July:
Our trip was really fantastic, despite some early trouble. We lost the Powderhorn trail almost right away and ended up bushwhacking down the west-facing slope almost a quarter mile to the west of the Powderhorn Creek. When we got to the bottom of the ravine we whacked north-eastward and eventually found the trail right where it comes down out of the woods and into that small meadow before it crosses the creek.
We now think what happened is we followed the logging road, just as you warned not to, instead of the trail. We think this happened right toward the beginning where there’s that large clearing with a huge stump right in the middle and the old sawn logs off to the right of the trail. The logging road continues up to the left, while the trail continues directly ahead. So we probably lost about an hour and missed out on a lot of beautiful views — and I got plenty spooked that first night.
But after that, we had no trouble at all, and followed the trails all the way north to Whiskey Creek and back the following day, and took the Powderhorn trail back up to the trailhead and our vehicle the day after that.
An amazing trip! Thanks so much for your help!