Wednesday morning of my research trip, I had a lovely little hike around the Iron Creek Campground loop. I was fully expecting it to be overgrown and neglected, but was absolutely thrilled to see it was in excellent shape, aside from a bit of brushing that could stand to be done near campground loop B.
Aside from some very tall Devil's club though, the trail was a complete delight. I lost myself walking among the enormous trees, and admiring the oxalis and other groundcover.
It was so tempting to just sit and hang out near the river; and there was lots of real estate to do so. The only area I had some trouble was where the trail heads back into the woods -- there's a pretty obvious trail continuing along the river, but that's not the official route.
When I doubled back to the original junction, I noticed wooden arrows that had been added onto logs to point the correct way. So maybe not as confusing as I thought, but considering how well the rest of the trail was signed it was a surprise.
I saw just a couple of other people on trail, and even though I circumnavigated the campground, I heard a few other campers but didn't really see anyone else.