We ran this trail after Jenny Creek without planning it in advance -- we ended up with extra time. Bob was leading the second group on Jenny Creek and we waited for him so he could run Kingston Peak with us. When we started the trail outside of Rollinsville it was already raining pretty hard.
As we worked our way up the trail it really started pouring. The muddy water was running down the middle of the trail and it was almost hard to see at times. It was a lot of rain, but luckily it didn't hail. There were a couple lightening strikes nearby but we kept going.
The rain had died down a little bit when we got to the mud puddles. The puddles are usually pretty big anyway, but with all the rain they were really wet and deep. They were better than usual because this mud is usually very thick and greasy, but this time it was pretty watery.
Dave, Bob, Jon and Gary went around and around, splashing through all of the puddles. Bob got enough water and mud in his system to actually start smoking and sputtering, but his Jeep hung in there.
We came around to the long part of the trail on the side of the mountain, and saw some vehicles parked way up ahead at the overlook. There wasn't anyone coming so we started across. The clouds came in and it got really foggy, making the trip over to the switchback a little creepy.
We passed the vehicles (no people) and started up the hill to the peak. What used to be lots of whoopdeedoos and a little bit of a challenge ended up being a flat hill with some loose rocks and no real challenge (not like before). It was extremely foggy on the way up, though.
When we got to the valley Dave was running really late so he got ahead of us and went on his own. We all got to the big hill to the next peak and made it to the top without any issues.
We stopped to put rocks on the rock walls for luck, taking pictures of Loch Lomond. The weather was still cold but it stopped raining (only a little drizzle).
We warmed up at Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs with some pizza, which is always good. It was a wet and foggy trail but it was a good run.
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