The trail leads from this rocky point downward through the canyon formed by the Forsythe Creek, which follows your hike until you're very close to the reservoir. Cooling shallows, and water crashing and gurgling beside you are refreshing on a hot summer day. The creek and streams are at their best from April to June when the melting snows pour downward, but even when they are all but dried up, they are lovely to look at and navigate. Dotted with many small cascades, they provide a picturesque and serene setting for a gentle walk.
Passing down the canyon through a forest of pines and aspens, you will note wildlife and above you birdsong that serenades your walk. You'll also be accompanied by many insects (bring bug spray!) and the occasional non-poisonous snake. Passing over a 20-foot long bridge at the bottom, you're soon treated to a small waterfall in a lovely, quiet setting. Climbing up and over a few rocks at the waterfall's side, you'll be treated to a furbulous view of Gross Reservoir, surrounded by trees and rocks at the water's edge. This is a great spot for a rest and picnic before starting the uphill climb back to the trailhead.
Lightly trafficked, the Forsythe Canyon Trail is slightly remote and you'll often find that you and your friend with four legs are virtually alone. If you're looking for an escape into forested wilderness, even if only for a short hike, this is the trail for you!