The best time is in spring – April, May or June – for wildflowers, or mid-September to early October for the fall colours of yellow aspens. The golden larch is prime usually in mid-October. Although anytime is a fine day for a hike along the rim trail, on a hot summer day you may be more interested in swimming in the Silver Spring Lakes than looking down into them. Note also, that the Elko sawmill across the Elk River is noisy on weekdays. Weekends are much quieter.
Mountain bikers use this trail. The single tracks in the forest have dips and curves for riding interest. Along the scenic rim of brown cliffs, you can see layers of multicoloured lichens, and in the deeper cracks, the rock barely supports gnarly trees. The rim trail hugs the very edge of the cliffs and it peters out above the south end of the third lake. Note that the rim portion is about 700 m long and well worth the hike. The rim part of the trail may be intimidating for parents with small children.
The rim trail follows the same route as the Wigwam Flats for 2.3 km. The trail is within the Wigwam Flats–Mount Broadwood Conservation Area managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada in partnership with Ministry of Environment for wildlife protection. See the Introduction for more about motorized-vehicle closures.