We had really been looking forward to this trail. It's a new one for us, even though we're in the area of the trail at least a couple times every year. It ended up being even better than we expected.
We started up Bunce School Road and found the trailhead for the Plane Crash trail pretty easily. On the way, we noticed a trail going off to the left, and we were thinking it would be fun to explore on the way down. We went by it this time.
An ATV passed us on his way out, and then we came to a large dead tree blocking the trail. The ATV had obviously gone way off-trail to get around it. Don had a saw, so he and Dave worked on the tree until they had it in half. The two halves were dragged to either side of the trail, and then we were through.
There were some fun ledges on the way up that we had a good time playing on. Though there were some rocky parts in the trail, it wasn't too tough.
When we got to the hiking trailhead we parked and planned on coming back for lunch. We walked over to the plane crash site and everyone split up to do their own exploring.
Everyone walked down to the engine to check out everything. The walk down was an easy one, of course, but the walk up was steep and slow going. It was worth the hike, though.
It was very interesting to see all of the plane parts everywhere. Some of them were pretty big, but in places there were very small parts of metal everywhere. We took a lot of pictures.
When we got back to the Jeeps we set up a small lunch area and sat down to eat. Like always, it was a great lunch. The weather was starting to get chilly when we were packing up.
On the way down, we explored that side road. It was very steep for quite awhile, and we climbed up for about a third of a mile.
There was a dead tree over the trail that many people had driven over. It looked like it had been there awhile. It was tough to get over it, but we all managed it.
We had a brief point in an open meadow where we had our first views of the day. Then we started climbing again. Soon enough, the trail just ended. We all turned around where we could find a spot (it was still pretty steep and the trees were close).
On the way down, the dead tree gave us all a challenge. Micheal got pretty hung up on it, and he needed a little tug from Cheryl to get back off of it and find a new line. It was fun for everyone, though, even Micheal.
When we got back to the trailhead we turned left to do the rest of Bunce School Road and the Ironclads. It was a cool trail and the plane crash site was really interesting. This will probably be a regular trail for us, now.
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