It was still chilly when we started up Chihuahua Gulch, but that would mean that we would probably have the trail to ourselves. We did end up seeing some ATVs and soggy hikers, but otherwise it was pretty quiet.
It was sprinkling just a little but that soon changed to hail mixed with snow at times. That weather continued for most of our time on the trail. It made the rocks slick and fun.
Though it's a bumpy trail, you can't beat the scenery. Also, there are some rocky sections that provide a pretty good time. No one enjoyed the log bridge through the mud, though. You can't get much more bumpy than that (and not in a good way).
We soon saw a bit of lightning and we all knew that we weren't always going to be in the trees. Eventually, the trail would carry us out into the marsh. But it didn't seem that we were in too much danger, so we continued on.
The big water crossing was gone, unfortunately, but it didn't look like there was any human intervention. We thought that maybe the beavers had changed their plans. Either way, it left some fun rocks to play on but no water.
The hail was collecting on the trail as well as on our vehicles. It was weird to see our Jeeps already covered in white stuff. Bob had fun throwing hail balls, and most of us had fun tossing hail off of the tops of our soft tops where it really collected.
We soon found ourselves turning around at the end near the hiking trail's start. It really didn't take us long at all to run the trail. The views on the way back were spectacular and one of the few times everything wasn't shrouded in fog and low clouds. It was weird to see the mountains covered in snow already.
We aired up at the Peru Creek trailhead and headed off to Keystone for dinner. It really looked like winter. We're not ready!
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