Frying Pan Ridge was a lucky find. We were hoping to find another trail near Diemer Lake but it was closed. Then Julie found another trail that continued to follow the powerlines. We hopped on that just down Frying Pan Road.
It was muddy and fun right from the start. We had a few slippery rocks to climb and then we were running along the ridge high above Frying Pan Road. It was not a well-maintained trail and it was pretty overgrown in spots, but you could tell it saw some use. There were lots of tracks in the muddy spots and some trees had been cut recently.
We were mostly surrounded by aspen trees as we continued along the powerlines. Only a few leaves had turned yellow even though it felt like winter was right in front of us.
We knew we'd have to come down off of the big ridge and our descent was pretty steep in spots. That's where things got interesting. There were lots of rocky obstacles and both Monica and Hoa were hitting skid plates and axles on the way down. Almost everyone hit something underneath their vehicles at some point.
And we were heading down the obstacles. We all talked about how much fun it would be to run the trail in the other direction. The next time we do Frying Pan Ridge (and there will be a next time!) we'll definitely run it from west to east.
We worked our way down to the actual trailhead where we found pavement. There was nowhere to air up but we didn't care because we still had another trail to do. We drove a short distance to the southern end of the Eagle-Thomasville Road and headed up north.
Frying Pan Ridge is a blast! We can't wait to do it again.