We were spending time in Naturita so we could do the Rimrocker Trail, primarily. We did the western half the day before, and we were doing the eastern half next. Luckily, the eastern half was much, much easier so we had plenty of time left to do more trails in the area.
We made a big loop near Montrose by using Transfer Road. It was easy to find at a wide intersection. It looked like it was going to be in the trees, but then it opened up and stayed pretty open for most of the way down into town.
There was a possible loop that left Transfer Road and came back to it, so we cut into the trees and off the trail. We ended up in a big, full campsite. The trail we wanted to follow looked like it was way too narrow for us, so we backed out to the main trail again. When we passed the other side, it was surrounded by construction equipment so it wouldn't have worked on that end, either.
That meant the trail was really easy all the way down. We would catch up to ranchers and trucks pulling trailers and fifth wheels, and they would let us pass with a wave. We made really good time.
There were some great views on the way down of Montrose and the canyon next to us, which was nice. When we got down into town, we discussed plans for lunch. We could visit a restaurant or head back into the trees for a wheeling lunch, but we thought we'd get creative, instead. We were cruising through Olathe, saw a park, and stopped.
We basically had our usual camp lunch but at picnic tables instead. It was a really nice park, and it had Porta Potties. That meant we hung out for a while just enjoying the nice day.
Everyone expected worse weather, so we all brought clothes that weren't quite ready for conditions. Roger, Mike, and Monica each brought a "just in case" pair of shorts -- only one pair each. We had decided the day before that we'd wear them all four days, so we took a photo of us in our "Day 2" shorts. Classy!
This is definitely a quick way out of the trail system, with a few good views to keep things interesting. We headed back in via Rimrocker Trail, leaving Montrose behind.