We had a good-sized group starting out and it was a quick run as we were in a hurry to get to Coney Flats and our barbeque. We lost Bob R. and Jim at the start of the trail because of unrelated Jeep troubles, unfortunately. The only place we really stopped for pictures was at the only rock obstacle.
The rock cluster was back at the start of the trail, testing each vehicle on the way in. Everyone went right over it without any issues.
It was sunny and still pretty hot outside as we worked our way up. It had been raining a lot so the mosquitos were really out, but it was making the trail very green and lush.
When we got to the rock obstacle we decided to split the group in half so we could save time on the picture taking. It worked out very well, with the front half of the group arriving at the barbeque site about 20 minutes before the back half.
Monica went through first and was hoping to get up on the big rock. Her tube bumpers always got in the way before, but with new and stubbier bumpers she was hopeful. Unfortunately she still doesn't have lockers so she had to go around the big rock yet again.
Dave went next and slipped off, just like we all did last winter. This time instead of snow we got dirt that was a little wet and loose with tiny rocks.
Jed decided to go the tippy route on the right and climbed right up it. Alanna tried to get up on the big rock but didn't have the approach angle so she went around without any issues.
Eric got up on the rock with his new locker and lower gears, making it look really easy. Then Cheryl got up on it and over it too after playing around with a few different lines. Dane played around a little too but went over it pretty quickly and easily.
Mike C. got up on it and slipped off, then Ladd did the same thing too. That rock is tricky!
Carlos and Rob went next and both got some great flex on the rock. Perry also made it look easy and flexed his suspension.
Steve got up on the rock but got stuck on his front bumper so he needed to be pulled back off of it by Derek. He got further to the left on his second try but still got hung up so this time Perry pulled him forward and through the obstacle.
Derek took the far right line like Jed did, and then Mike S. took the far left line to weave around the rocks without hitting anything.
The channels of muddy water were pretty full when we came to them, but no one had any issues. They're pretty rocky on the bottom so it would be difficult to get stuck there.
The first views of the snowy mountains were spectacular against the deep blue sky as we worked our way toward the intersection with Coney Flats. Because it was getting a little past lunch time we decided to skip the end of the trail this time and head on up to the other trail.
The second half of the group was almost right behind us as we started up Coney Flats and to our barbeque. This is always such a great start to the 4th of July weekend for us, and the weather couldn't have been better.
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