When the trail was connected to Pierson Park North we used to only climb the big hill on this side, but now that it's disconnected you have to do the hill in both directions. That made it twice as fun, and we enjoyed it.
We came off of the northern half and used the highway to circle around to the southern half. There weren't many people camping, and we assumed it was because of the fire ban. We still saw a few people on the trail, including a couple vehicles we'd see on the next trail.
It was pretty mellow, and everyone enjoyed the bit of rocky trail to climb around. Then the trail turned sharply downhill and around a bend. Nice! It was instantly more fun, and the hill just kept going. But soon we were at the bottom.
The trail soon ended at the informational sign, though it looked like ATVs had gone over the tree blocking it and taken the trail a little bit farther. We could see where it ended, though. We broke out the chairs for lunch, and some ATVs came up, went around us, and headed down the short distance to find the trail truly blocked. We listened to them working hard to turn around and head back out.
It was a nice lunch, with perfect temperatures in the shade. Tyler was going to break out his drone and take some video, but it wasn't cooperating. Next time.
We headed back out and up the fun hill, and then we were done. Tyler had to head for home so we said our goodbyes, and the rest of us went over to Rock Creek.