We tried to do the loop from the Lower Smith Creek Trailhead but couldn't cross the Muddy River to get to the other side. With it being mid-June and after a few rainy days, it wasn't surprising.
After spending a while trying to find a way across we decided to take the lower trail. We moved fallen branches on our way to a point in the trail where a washout made it look unsafe to continue. Along the way, ran into more deer scat than I've ever seen in one hike and saw the leftover bones from a deer meal.