We finished up Missouri Gulch at the trailhead for Hotel Gulch, so that was our next trail. We hoped to find another way up to Rampart Range Road from Highway 67, and this looked like it might be a good one. It was fairly straight, so it might be pretty easy and quick.
The trail started as an easy, wide, dirt road at a big lodge. The main lodge building was huge and had other rooms like a hotel -- fitting at the base of Hotel Gulch. There were also other cabins nearby, and we saw many more cabins as we climbed up the trail.
We made one wrong turn at a driveway, but otherwise the route finding was easy. It was a mellow trail, and a really pretty one. We went through gorgeous meadows, and once found ourselves next to a big beaver dam. We didn't see any beavers, though.
It didn't take us long at all to get up to Rampart Range Road. This had to be the easiest and quickest way up to the middle of the network of trails there. We'll probably be using this connector road again in the future.
We turned north and headed up Rampart Range Road to connect to Fern Creek and make a huge loop.
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