We often skip the short trails because there are always so many long and interesting trails to do. We were at the southern end of the Eagle-Thomasville Road, though, and we rarely found ourselves in that neck of the woods. We decided to go check out Spring Creek Ridge.
There was a spray-painted sign at the trailhead with someone's name, so we assumed they'd be camping. We found them a little distance in the trail at a great, wide spot. We'd remember that spot for later. There was a seasonal gate at the entrance, so it would need to be a summer spot -- the road is impassible when it's wet, anyway.
The trail cut through aspens and pines, and we saw a wide spot that was unoccupied. We stopped for snacks and to stretch our legs. This was another good camping spot, with a fire ring.
The rest of the trail was a nice drive that rarely left the trees. Then we came to a sign noting that it was a good turn around before the locked gate at the end. We saw on the map that it wouldn't go much farther, so we turned around there.
Even the little trails are nice, and we enjoyed the side trip. We were off to find a different way back to our campground at Sylvan Lake.