We met up at Home Depot in Colorado Springs and aired down in the parking lot. The Home Depot had a lot of Jeeps in the parking lot, and we imagined that all of them had the same plan of running Eagle Rock. So, we got in line and we started the long drive down Old Stage Road.
We were actually the first group to get to Eagle Rock. After we went through the small pond of water and came to the clearing, we saw Forest Service crews working with a big group of road trucks and SUVs cleaning up the area. It definitely needed a lot of work, so we were happy to see them.
Soon, we were in the rocks on Eagle Rock. The trail looked a lot harder than we remembered from our trip there in 2011. We all had fun climbing over all the rocks on the trail. We eventually picked up another Jeep that stayed behind us for most of the trail.
Just before the first hill climb, Walt had problems with a few spots where he got hung up on rocks. With some spotting help, he made his way up the the rocky hill climb. The rest of us made it up the obstacle without any issues.
Then it was easy going with little rocks here and there to go around. Then, we came to the creek crossing and the hard right turn. We all got a little tippy there, and some of trees got very close to our Jeeps. They didn't get us, though!
Then, we were at a washed-out part of the trail with some big rocks all around us. We all took different lines on the way up, and the left-most line turned out to be the hardest one. Walt ended up getting his driver-side wheel off the ground, but did make his way up.
Near the top of Eagle Rock we got to see some snow still on the ground. Then, we stopped for lunch in a shady area with some trees to sit under. After lunch, we finished Eagle Rock and went back to run Mount Baldy. We did see a sign that Old Stage Road was closed a mile or so from the start of Eagle Rock, so it was good that we weren't heading up in that direction.
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