We were finally seeing the other side of Buffalo Pass, and it was a nice, relaxing drive. We were making good time, so we decided to check out the loop made by Sawmill Creek and Hidden Lakes Road. It was a really nice diversion.
Sawmill Creek was the most difficult trail in the area, but it wasn't very difficult. There was a lot of water on both sides of the trail in creeks and wide ponds, and everything was green. There were a few bumpy sections, and we were happy to see some rocks.
We saw a scenic campsite so we pulled in. Some people were camping on one end so we stopped on the far end away from them for a break. The lake wasn't named, and it was gorgeous. We hung out for a while talking about how nice it would be to camp there. We'd have to come back another time.
We continued south and the scenery was still nice. Once the trail turned east we started a few climbs. Then there was a wide open spot at the top of a ridge and we pulled over. It was really nice, though it would be a windy spot for camping. We could see Rabbit Ears Peak and the fall colors were nice.
We finally got back in our Jeeps and headed down the hill. At the bottom, we found the intersection with Hidden Lakes Road. We turned right and headed farther south to see what the trail was about.
Sawmill Creek is a "must do" trail in the area because it offers something a little different. The smooth road of Buffalo Pass is nice, but it was also nice to get on a rocky hill climb.