The trail begins in a valley, crosses several creeks, and passes through meadows and forests as it gradually ascends West Mountain Ridge. The trail passes Snowbank Mountain, Jacob's Ladder, Hangman's Tree and Tripod Lookout, providing panoramic views of Round Valley, Long Valley, Smith's Ferry and Cascade. The trail soon crosses Poison Creek and passes through several bogs. Within 2.5 miles, the trail crosses Squaw Creek for the first time, and then climbs steeply through a meadow. As it reaches a tributary of Squaw Creek, it changes direction abruptly from southeast to east.
Recreationists should watch for a large arrow cut in a tree on the west side of the trail. The trail is bordered by rock cairns and passes through a meadow, ascends a small hill, and passes the signed intersection of the Wilson Corrals Trail. The trail soon reaches the northern end of Wilson Meadows, which is marshy in early spring. At the southern edge of Wilson Meadows, the West Mountain Trail is intersected by two other trails. The trail gradually gains elevation as it travels south toward Jacob's Ladder. Within a mile and southeast of Jacob's Ladder, the trail passes Hangman's Tree, which is signed in a prominent saddle north of Tripod Lookout.
Within a half mile, the trail passes the signed Renwyck trailhead and shortly intersects a short, steep trail to Tripod Lookout. As it gradually descends, the trail splits with the West Mountain trail forking east and the unsigned Joe's Creek Trail forking south. An unblazed section of the trail overlaps an unsigned, well-traveled road for a quarter mile, enters the forest again, and within a mile intersects an old, narrow roadbed. The trail continues southwest and the old roadbed forks east. About a mile from NF-644, the trail parallels a narrow stream, and then ascends steeply to a registration box and trailhead sign where West Mountain Trail ends.
Closest Towns: Emmett
Area/Length: 16.1 Miles