Gradual downhill, forested, no views. Mid-morning I met a south-bound long-distance section hiker that really did not like the new route up Parkview Mountain (12.3k) as being way too steep and complicated with a snow-covered ridge. She urged me in strongest terms to drag out my Ley map and take the older route up the mountain. Later on I looked at the map and tried to understand the issue.
Close to Willow Creek Pass, the trail takes on a characteristic V-notch shape that indicates motorcycles use the path.