It was a chilly morning but it looked like we'd see the sun at some point. It had rained the night before, but it cleared up in time for us to start day two of our Blanding trails. We had some miles to cover, so we were anxious to get started. We found the trailhead easily and had the trail to ourselves.
The trail was fairly easy, but the rain had washed "surprise trenches" into the trail at regular intervals. That meant that we couldn't get going very fast. Also, visibility wasn't always good, and we didn't know if we'd see anyone coming the other direction. We took it at a reasonable pace.
Comb Ridge was to our left the whole way down, and it was impressive. It started out as a relatively smooth ridge but got very spikey toward the end. It also had horizontal stripes in places (we wondered if that was why it was called Comb Ridge).
We were cruising along enjoying the scenery when we came up on a kiosk at a trail that intersected ours. We got out to read the signs and check out the view. The road was a bit muddy, but not too bad. But in the end we were tired of walking around in mud so we left. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to explore that road during this trip.
We kept going, and the scenery gradually changed. It really was a beautiful place. We found the intersection with Snow Flat Road, a trail we'd like to do in the future.
Just after that intersection we found an older gentleman walking by himself, out in the middle of nowhere. He seemed to enjoy learning that we had maps and GPS units and we knew where we were. He was just out exploring, and his fabulous mood was contagious.
We soon popped out onto the highway and spotted the River House trail starting just down the pavement from where we were. We tracked a bit of mud out onto the road as we went to our next trail.