We looked at the maps and found a huge network of trails around the Jefferson Cutoff trail, but we had no idea how to tackle them. We plotted a few figure eights and loops, and though we'd be running some sections a couple times we figured we'd see all of it. It was time to go exploring.
The first part of the trail was easy to follow, and we could tell it was going to be a relaxing trip even though we'd be cross-checking maps all day. Everyone was up for a little confusion, so it was good.
We found a few spurs that were closed, and a few blocked by the private property at the Ingram Ranch. The western section near Monahan Gulch was a bust. We even ended up on a trail that was marked closed when we got to the end of it even though it was open on the other end. Still, we made a path through it.
Everyone probably enjoyed the southeast end the most. There was a nice collection of hills, and we didn't see as many people out there. We found a great campsite for lunch that wasn't occupied, and we had a relaxing time staring at the scenery and enjoying the cool breeze. It really was the perfect type of weather for exploring.
We found ourselves at Mud Hill eventually, though, and we felt like we'd seen most of the area. We even found quite a few mud puddles, and they were fun. It was a great place for exploring and hanging out.