The loop is GREAT! Drive up Rocky Canyon Road and park at the 5-mile Trail Head.
This trail was inclined but so beautiful! We crossed like 4 or five creeks and everything was so green! I almost fell off the trail because I was admiring the scenery so much! After a little over the first mile the trail forks..ignore this!! Stay to the left and go onto Watchman (trail #3). I forgot to take a picture of the marker. Now you get to climb some switchbacks! The vistas are breathtaking up here! There are also sunflowers blooming like crazy!
|THESE BOYS WERE ALWAYS AHEAD OF US!!|
|FUN RUN TODAY!!!|
As you drop down from Watchman, the trail briefly connects with Femrite's (#6).. This used to be called Curlew Connector. It's a multi-use trail. We had a guy on a motorcycle stop and wait for use. Weird to see that on a trail. Here is where Speedy Hunter was sitting on a fence waiting for us. He was a ll casual and looking rested. Ah what it must be like to be 16 and faster than the wind with no body fat!
It the fence where Hunter was sitting you fork left again. This gets you on to Three Bears (#26). Now this portion of Three Bears was quite pleasant, probably because we were going the opposite way aka DOWNHILL!
Hunter and his buddy Josh did an extra quarter mile or so. Michele and I got a nice water break while waiting for them. If they hadn't heard me and turned back....what a mess that would have been! But luckily they did!
From here we head LEFT to the Rocky Canyon Road again. It is very steep here with loose rocks. When Hunter said he felt like he was running like Forrest Gump as he descended. Michele announced she needed new trail shoes. I skipped funny down it. Josh said nothing. We hope he wants to run with us again!
The run turned out to be a nice easy 6 miles. This is DEFINITELY a trail we would do again. The Bossy Bandit was upset when she heard how wonderful it was...well...she should have gotten out of bed this morning then.