The trail crosses Mill Creek multiple times and requires nimbleness if you desire to keep your feet dry
The first three plus miles follow Mill Creek and the gurgling water is an ever present pleasant sound. The first few miles are in a lush forest for Central Oregon. It gradually gives way to an old burn. As you leave the creek behind, the trail climbs in earnest through the open burn.
The burn does not offer much shade, but the area is recovering nicely. The view at the base of the pillars is spectacular and inspiring. The panoramic view of the burn is a nice reward as well. The trip to the base of the pillars is 6 miles one way and requires crossing Mill Creek multiple times. The crossings require nimbleness if you desire to keep your feet dry.