Wagon Tongue Gulch
Wagon Tongue Gulch is a fairly major forest service road, so we were expecting a nice drive through the trees. That's what we found, but we were also surprised to find a lot of really nice campsites along the way.
We came off of Rankin Gulch and Spaghetti Lightning, so we were on County Road 96. That meant we were going to head north on Wagon Tongue Gulch. It was easy to find, marked with a big sign.
Though the trail is rarely straight, it's almost always an easy, dirt road. We checked out a few spurs hoping for some views. There were people camping on most of them, so we didn't stick around.
The trail follows Wagon Tongue Gulch at its northern end, and we passed the Wagon Tongue Campground before passing through the gate and ending at Eleven Mile Canyon Road across from the spur to Springer Gulch Campground. We turned right to head out.
That road is smooth, dirt, and almost always wide. It was also very, very dusty. The road is very scenic, and there were lots of people fishing and enjoying the South Platte River next to the road. It took a while to get back to pavement, but we really enjoyed the drive.
We passed through the gate at the entrance, not needing to pay on our way out. There was a nice spot where we hung out with Walt for a bit while he aired up. Then the rest of us headed back to Lake George and our campground for dinner and a campfire. It was a nice day.