We came off of Apex Road wondering where all of the people were. The last weekend in July is usually a busy one, but we hadn't seen many people. As soon as we got on Kingston Peak, we found a lot of them working on the wet and slippery rocks all the way through the trail.
We started near the former mud puddles, still fenced off and closed. They would have been a mess on that rainy day, and we would have avoided them anyway. Then we headed into the trail.
It's rare that we stop at the collection of mines near the intersection with Sheridan Hill, but we did this time. We were glad we did, because it was nice to get out an explore. The rain was letting up, and we walked around a bit. We could hear some people farther down Sheridan Hill, so we didn't head off in that direction.
We had the long cut in the hill to ourselves, thankfully, and we made it to the James Peak overlook without incident. There were a few cars, and it was strangely not windy. That's one of the windiest places we know of, so it was odd. We waited for a truck to get ahead of us, and then started up the hill climb.
It wasn't muddy, but the rocks were definitely slick and loose. We usually do Kingston Peak in the other direction, and we chatted about how much more fun it was this way.
The clouds were low, and the stretch between peaks was almost creepy and definitely beautiful. There were flowers everywhere, and we passed other vehicles and dirtbikes along the way. It was a nice drive, and a nice hill climb at the other side.
We stopped at the Rock House, of course, and Mike was the only one to remember to bring a rock with him. There was a new flag at the House, which was a nice touch, along with a new sign on the mailbox. We saw lots of people at Loch Lomond, but we talked about heading down there anyway. We also stopped at the next overlook, and the views were amazing.
Once we hit the town of Alice, Julie and Tom headed for home while the rest of us went over to Loch Lomond.
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