We had been wandering around Hahns Peak and decided at the last minute that we'd hit another trail before calling it a night. The Deep Creek trail was an easy choice because it parallels the highway and we were heading that way, anyway. We originally passed the start of it on the north end, but then we all turned around and headed back to check it out.
The switchbacks at the top were steep but they didn't give us any issues. There were lots of ATV tracks, and we realized that ATVs could use the trail to cut back around instead of having to backtrack on Hahns Peak. It was a mellow trail and they could make quick work of it.
We started on forest service road 410.2B this time, so we'd have to check out the other start of it next time. We went by the intersecton of the two and kept heading south through patches of evergreen and aspen trees.
We came around a corner and at first it looked like the trail was closed. There was a huge sign before a massive washout where Deep Creek had taken the trail away. When we got closer we realized the trail was rerouted around the washout. We crossed to the other side and got out to inspect it. It seemed to be the case of another "sinkhole denial" moment because the forest service didn't mention this one, either.
This one was way too deep to cross, even though many logs were piled in one side of it. It was good that the trail went around it, because otherwise it would not be navigable.
The rest of the trail south of the washout was mellow and easy, and it was nice at that time of the evening. When we got to the end we turned to head back to the cabins on Seedhouse Road.
We covered a lot of miles, and we barely scratched the surface of trails around Hahns Peak. Next time we'll see even more.