This trail ended up being a really good time because of the hill climb at the southern end. We came off of Chicago Influence and didn't have to drive too far to find our next trailhead. There were many, many people camping at the start of Happy Platte, but as soon as we passed through the gate we left the majority of them behind. We didn't run into anyone on their way down, so we just enjoyed the hill. It was rocky and loose, and a great climb.
When we got to the top we found ourselves at a wide camping spot that wasn't occupied, so we got out to chat and enjoy the morning sunshine. There were people camping up on the hill, too, but not too many. Though we were in the trees, there were mountain views in spots. It was a pretty trail already.
The trail never stopped weaving around the trees. It never really straightened out until the very end. There were many secluded spots along the way that would be perfect for setting up a tent. When we passed the high point parking area, we slowed down to take a look but didn't stop. We had a lot of miles left to cover.
After the high point, the trail started working its way downhill. It was never steep, just a gradual descent. When we were near the end there was a spur that looked like it would offer a view, and it did. We hung out for a bit, snapping pictures and visiting.
After that, we soon found ourselves on Platte Springs Road where the trail ends. We also wanted to do the Tappan Mountain network of trails there, so we kept going.