One mile east of the Nisqually Entrance is the Westside Road junction. Turn here and continue up the Westside Road to where it ends (approximately 3 miles from the start of the road). Hike up the closed portion of the road to the trailhead (approximately 9.5 miles to the old road's end). The trailhead can be located at the upper end of what was the parking area.
The hike begins gently by following an abandoned dirt road for the first 2.75 miles. From the end of the old road the trail is relatively level at first, then climbs steeply out of the valley into Sunset Park. Atop the ridge in the Silver Forest the trail peaks, then gradually descends .8 mile to Golden Lakes.