We finished our day with Rock Creek, a new trail for us. We had heard that it was a fun one, and it was. It's too bad we didn't find this one years ago!
It was easy enough to find, and we got a nice tour of Allenspark. Once we got close to the trailhead, we saw lots of cars parked at the side of the road in many places. As we started the trail, we saw even more cars and people. The trail was easy at this point, and there were lots of people camping.
Though the campsites were all right next to the trail, they were also right next to Rock Creek. It's not a big creek, but it was very pretty. There were lots of nice camp areas set up in the trees, and the trees were thick enough that people weren't camping right on top of each other. Still, you'd be able to hear everyone, even over the sound of the babbling water.
As we kept going, the trail started getting rocky. There were fewer and fewer campers, too. The trail got greener to each side of the bumpy trail, and soon there were no more campers. We were following the creek, still, but it was getting further below us as we climbed.
We saw one Jeep full of people on its way down, but otherwise the trail was ours. It was pretty rocky on the way up, but in a fun way. There were even some sections that had some big rocks to climb. It really changed elevation quickly, too.
We thought that the trail would continue to follow the creek, but when we saw that portion of the trail it quickly ended. It hasn't been in use for many, many years. Instead, the trail veered away from the creek and kept heading up the hill.
We figured it had to end at a scenic spot high at the top of a hill or mountain, but we were wrong. It suddenly ended at a sign and a flat spot. There were no rocks, either. It would be a nice place for a shady camp site, but there weren't any views. It was still in the trees.
We hung out for a little bit, but then we headed down. We aired up near the trailhead, and soon we were on our way. A few of us stopped for dinner in Lyons, filthy from the dusty trails and high temperatures. It was a great day of exploring!
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