We weren't sure what to expect from Hurley. On the map, it looked like it could be a relatively boring trip through the trees. But it had a looped turnaround at the end so we had to go see it. We were glad we did.
The trail goes into the trees and isn't much at the start. It's a bit bumpy in spots, but nothing too challenging. We got to the intersection with the other trail and kept heading uphill, planning on doing that spur on the way down. There was an interesting, flat area without any trees there that would be a fantastic campsite.
Just after that spot, the trail got steep and messy. It was eroded and torn up, but it was marked as an open trail by the forest service. It may have been damaged in the flood, but it wasn't fixed. We had a great time with it.
There were spots with loose rocks to negotiate, and spots with big trenches running down one side. The trees were close on both sides, so you couldn't pick your line very easily. That definitely kept things fun. We all took our time and enjoyed it.
At the top, we found a large area perfect for lots of campers. There were fire rings and open spots, though it was in the trees. It would be difficult to get anything more than a tent up there, but the reward would be fewer people. What a great find!
We had a good time on the way down, too, but we were soon back at the intersection. Monica headed in, followed by a couple others. It wasn't long before it got very close, with branches dragging along both sides of her Jeep. She managed to back out to a wide spot so she could turn around, and then we all headed back out. That part is definitely an ATV trail.
We were soon back out, with grins on our faces. For a short trail, Hurley was a great time.