This photo shows almost the entire ride route. We started on the far shore in about the center of the photo. We headed East, away from the camera, to Salmon Falls Bridge which is just beyond the hills in this picture. After crossing the bridge we turned West and followed the shoreline to the base of Flagstaff hill.
When you hit the base of the hill you have the choice of either taking a left immediately after the the creek crossing to stay on the shoreline or biting the bullet and climbing straight up the face of the mountain. Today we went straight up without even slowing (I didn't even see the fork).