The Howard Eaton Trail is no longer maintained, but Welsch loves the challenges of following its zigs and zags. It's hard to find; Welsch calls it "a wonderful challenge for inventive backcountry hikers." In other words, not for beginners.
Like much of the park, this is known grizzly bear territory. Travel in groups of four or more, Welsch said, and talk or sing as you hike. Follow park rules for food storage if you're camping.
"If you do come across a (grizzly) bear, avert your eyes and back away slowly," Welsch said. "Talk in a low, non-threatening voice, and leave the area. If it charges, use the bear spray. Last-case scenario: play dead, lay on your stomach, cover your neck and keep your pack on."