We started from the other end but did not encounter the large blowdown from last time. We came out at the other end but had passed a spot we had passed going up which made me think we had ended up on the same trail as last time - there were several forks - some with blazes and some without but none marked so it was a bit confusing - especially for a short trail. We will try again another day.
As that only took 45 minutes we went to Goose Ridge for more hiking.
Only 10 miles away but more snow and ice ( very little at Haystack) and some slippery spots to work around.
There is a large meadow on Spirited Horses Ranch ( they allow the trail to pass through their property) and a view of the countryside.
We had our lunch and then headed back down. This section took an hour and a half. A nice outing in spite of the confusion and the colder weather - it will get much colder before we are done with winter.