We woke up to a chilly but gorgeous morning at the South Fork Campground. It had rained off and on all night, so everything was wet. We had breakfast and packed up a few things so the bears wouldn't have too much fun, and then we headed north to Kremmling to meet Ben at the gas station. We were such a muddy mess from the day before, especially compared to Ben's clean Jeep. We only had a short distance to go to the trailhead, so Ben aired down at the gas station before we left.
It was a beautiful morning and we were already on the trail. We didn't have time to do the Dice Hill trail because we had a lot of miles planned, so we skipped it. We'd do it the next time. The trail was easy as we headed out.
We saw people camping along the trail, and it seemed like a great place to set up a tent or camper. The first fork was nice, and it didn't take long for us to get to the end. We backtracked a bit to head over to the second fork of the trail.
This fork was much more scenic. We found lots of people hanging out and hiking, too. When we got closer to Elliott Ridge we found some snow near the trail, the only snow we'd see all weekend. The ridge itself had a line of snow near the top, and we stopped next to the trail when we were closest to it to snap some pictures and take a break.
We didn't need to go much farther to reach the end of that fork. There were people camping on that end, too. The hike to Mahan Lake looked like a nice one, but we didn't have time to check it out. One trail down, many more to go! We finished the trail at the intersection with Eagles Nest and turned right to go to the Eagles Nest trailhead. Elliott Ridge was definitely scenic, but we hoped we'd find something a bit more challenging as the day went on.