Met my friend Ron Graybill at the Splnter's Cabin trail junction. He is hiking along for a couple days, completing a section of the trail that he hasn't been on before.
The trail in this section has been pretty easy, no huge climbs and a general, gradual, descent. The Deep Creek section is quite spectacular so far, with the trail usually up high looking down at the creek.
Before getting to Deep Creek we descended some, and transitioned from pine forest (albeit largely burnt pine forest) back to manzanita dominated chaparral.