Rather than hike along the drainage if you go a little further past the creek the road contours back towards the right along the drainage at an aspen grove. about 1/4 mile past the drainage. There is a trail there that will save you a whole lotta bush wacking and is much quicker.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. - Helen Keller