We took Dakan Road into Rampart Range, and we were taking Long Hollow Road to get out on the other side. It had been a long time since we ran it, and we were looking forward to seeing it again. It hadn't changed much.
The road was curvy but easy as we went. There had been a lot of snow and rain, and everything was green and lush for Colorado. There were flowers in many spots, too.
We stopped for a bit at a wide spot next to a hiking trailhead just to visit and stretch our legs. It was shady and nice. We could have stayed there for a long time, but we eventually crawled back into our Jeeps and headed down.
The last bit of trail left the main trail and it got interesting. There were some fun, bumpy spots here and there, and the trail was not as maintained as the others. It wasn't a long section, though, and we soon popped out into a collection of lots of people. It was definitely a busy weekend.
Once we got to the pavement we turned right to find the Rainbow Falls network of trails. We thought we found the trailhead but it was behind a gate. We stopped at a pull-out on the highway to get the lay of the land, but we eventually gave up as the day was getting longer. We'd spend some time finding it on some other date.
We stopped back at the pit toilets as we passed Long Hollow Road again, and the place was packed. We even saw a family climb over the barbed-wire fence to walk into private property to have a picnic. It takes all kinds! We were happy to be out of the madness and heading over to Hotel Gulch.