It was chilly and raining as we worked our way through Sedalia and over to the north end of Rampart Range Road. We had big plans to finish Winding Stairs Road, and there were some mines we were hoping to check out on the way.
We aired down to save us from the massively bumpy washboards of Rampart Range Road. It was a good thing, because the road is definitely bumpy. When we got to the three roads we were hoping to follow to check out mines, we were disappointed to find that only one of them was actually open -- the one to the Little Eddy Mine and the Baldwin Pegmatite Mine.
We went down this little road and soon found a crossroads. We took the right fork first down to the Little Eddy Mine. You can tell that they did a lot of mining there at one point, but there weren't any buildings there that we could see. There were two turnaround areas so we turned around and went to explore the other fork.
The next fork soon came to a campsite that was trashed beyond belief. There were beer cans and bottles everywhere. We had a fairly big group of people, and we broke out the trash bags and got it cleaned up fairly quickly. There is still a big, steel trash can there but we didn't have a big enough vehicle to put it in so we could bring it with us.
Turning around was a bit difficult here, but we got around and back out. Then we headed south on Rampart Range Road some more.
When we got to the trailhead for Winding Stairs Road we turned and headed off on our mission to make it to the end. It was foggy and creepy out, but it kept the dust down. It was a nice, quiet trip.
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