We had already seen both ends of Houser Road as we did the Rimrocker Trail. We kept going by it, and we were looking forward to checking it out. We came off of Old Highway 90 and started Houser Road on the eastern end.
Houser Road is handy because it cuts off a big section of Rimrocker Road. We were glad we did that section so we could see it (and the Tabeguache Overlook was cool), but it's a long uphill climb and downhill descent that we were fine with skipping.
The eastern end of Houser Road was really cool because it went through a pretty big, thick aspen grove. Of course, we didn't time it perfectly and we were there too late. The leaves had already turned yellow and blown off, so we were left with just the aspen branches. There were some spots where the leaves were still scattered along the trail, which made it very scenic. We talked about coming back a bit earlier in the year next time.
Our plan was to run Houser Road all the way to the other end and then come back in to see the other trails, so we passed by our destinations. There were lots of people camping, and hunters checking things out for later.
When we were on Rimrocker we had seen the ridge we were currently on. It was an odd ridge because we could see that it wasn't very wide, even from down below it, because we could see a single or double row of trees from down there. So, when we were on top of it we stopped a couple times to see if we could see down onto Rimrocker.
The first time, our views weren't very good. The second time, we got lucky. We could see Rimrocker below us in Tabeguache Basin and it was very scenic. It's always cool to see where you've been and get that perspective.
When we got to the western end of Houser Road we turned around and went back in to continue our day. Houser Road was a mellow road, but we enjoyed it and we hoped to see it again when the aspens were yellow.