The trail starts out flat under a canopy of lodgepole pine. The trail will then guide you through airy stands of fir and mountain hemlock. You'll reach tree line roughly 1 mile from the summit of Mt. Bailey. The last portion of the trail is quite steep and rugged and may be too technical for children.
Above tree line, the mountain's volcanic origins are made clear by the unique rock formations all around. Mt. Thielsen and Diamond Lake will fill the foreground of your view, while the Cascades to the north and Mt. Shasta to the south fill the background.
The first 2 miles are used for cross-country skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.