The drive to the trails started out with some rain. But the sun made its way out before we got to the trailhead and it turned out to be a very nice day.
We aired down by St. Elmo in a small parking lot with an pit toilet (courtesy of the National Forest Service). After we finished getting ready we made our way to the start of the trail. At first, Gary had some problems with his Jeep and lack of 4-wheel drive, but after a few minutes he worked it out and we were on our way.
The first stop was by the small cabin to take some pictures. Then we moved on to the Mary Murphy Mill area. We walked around to explore and to see the mill. From Mary Murphy Mill you can see Mary Murphy Mine.
We did not see any snow on the trail up ahead of us on the trail so we went up to Mary Murphy Mine. To get there, you take a trail off to the left of the main trail that heads up to the mine. The road is narrow but it opens up after you get above the tree line.
You can park next to the mine. Most of the mine is not standing any more, but the views from the mine are great. You can take some great panoramic pictures from up there, and many of us did.
Then we drove back down to the main Pomeroy Lake trail and kept making our way to the lake. There are a few hill climbs that are not too bad, and we enjoyed them. After the hill climbs, the trail leveled out for the rest of the trip to the lake.
It was early in the day when we got to the lake, so we just walked around and took some pictures. We let the kids and dogs out to play for a bit. Corrigan found a rock and was thinking that it would be good for lunch. We all had fun on the trail, including on the way out.