This was the first of four trails planned for the day. The sun was out and spirits were high at our meeting spot in Nederland. We decided to disconnect our sway bars and air down our tires there since the trailhead was not too far away. The trailhead is located in Eldora and it is somewhat hard to find, but we managed to drive right to it this time. We wasted no time getting started and worked our way up the mountain.
The trail was a little rocky, off camber, and narrow at the start, but everyone climbed past the downed tree and large rock without a problem. After navigating the switchbacks toward the top of the mountain, the trail leveled out a bit and headed into some thick forest. Our CB radios were quiet while everyone drove through this portion of the trail, enjoying the tranquility. There were a couple of puddles and snow patches but nothing very difficult along this portion of the trail.
We reached treeline near the top and took a left at a spur. We didn't have to go far to enjoy a fantastic view of the area. After snapping a few pictures, we turned back around and drove to the main trail and then headed down the mountain toward the ghost town of Caribou.
Since we were heading down the north side of the mountain, this is where we encountered the most snow. The trail became a little slippery as we entered the trees but we all made it down to the Caribou Creek trailhead without a problem. This was to be our second trail of the day, but we drove past the Caribou Creek trailhead and down the road a bit to check out what was left of a couple of old stone buildings. This is about all that is left of the Caribou ghost town.
This trail was a great start to the day, but we still had three trails to do. We were off to Caribou Creek.
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