First we made the mistake of following GPS to get us to the entrance of the park. It dropped us off on a very deserted road. We now think it was one end of the trail but there were no markings as to where to start. I remembered another entrance we passed on the way to that one so we drove back to that one. Nope, that wasn't it either. All we saw was dried up river bed.
Again, I remember there being another entrance before this one. "Let's go try that, " I said. Dam, literally. Not to mention taking all the dam pictures we wanted, avoiding dam fudge, and making a dam crossing. Yup! We thought of them all.
|Dam other side.|
|Lunch view, don't get fooled, it's not the trail.|
|What a joke. Most useless map ever made.|
|Our utter state of confusion.|
|The wrong way again.|
I bravely asked some guy and his kids where the trail head was. He gave us a confused look, rattled off some directions and we walked away more confused than we were before. We decided to go back the way we came and ask at the ranger station where the trail head is. The map inside was just as useless as the ones posted all over the park. The ranger took one look at us, laughed, and proceeded to tell us we had to go back to the bridge and go the other way. That trail will split in two but basically they go to the same place. So off we go.
|Finally going in the right direction.|
|The calm before the storm.|
|Utter relief she made it.|
|Taking a rest and catching a view.|
|The point when I sent the kids ahead to see if they could find the top.|
|We decided this is the top, even if it wasn't.|
|Rte 8 from the Black Rock.|
|So hot and tired I couldn't even open my eyes.|
We still have no idea where and what trail we were on because the park ranger told us the wrong way on the map. After we came down we realized what he showed us on the map was the opposite direction of what the trail really was.
So if you decide to do this hike be prepared!!!! We ran out of water about half way back down. Wear good shows, build up your leg muscles, and carry plenty of water and maybe an energy snack.
Well till next time!