Monday, June 12, 2017

Kelly Park


These beautiful trails are right near Sweeney Creek.  See that post for more information.  There are water features, sagebrush hills, wildflowers, meadows, grand forests and lots of grass and soft dirt.  Great for barefoot horses. Kelly Park is a well known mecca for cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter.  There are places at the beginning of the doubletrack to pull off for dispersed camping.  The road deteriorates rapidly up higher.  
(Click on any photo to see enlarged images.)


This is Kelly Park Meadow right where the Fortification trail joins it. We were stopped by deadfall as we attempted Fortification.

Kelly Park parking area.  Right off the paved road and 20 minutes from Pinedale.

Paved Kelly Park parking area.  Room for about 5 rigs.



This was our track on May 30, 2017.  We parked at Sweeney Creek trailhead, hoping to connect to Kelly Park and cross the road.  However, the intermittent creek was too deep and swampy to cross over at the Kelly Park trailhead. We wandered through the forest, doing some serious bushwhacking ending up on some forest service roads.  Total ride was about 6 miles.



Sweeney Creek Parking areas

Looking back on the Sweeney Creek parking area.

This is the creek that was too high to cross safely on May 30, 2017.

Nice forest.


Most of the riding was on soft dirt like this.

Some majestic lodgepole pines.
This is heading out on the graded forest service road.  It was quite hard and gravelly. We avoided it when possible.

Headed back to the Sweeney trailhead and a crossing over the intermittent creek.  This one was passable.

On June 10, we parked at Kelly Park Trailhead and explored some of those trails.  About 7 miles of fantastic riding.
Riding just above the Kelly Park double track.  Wildflowers galore!


The double track ends up in a meadow.  On June 10, it was boggy and wet all over.

Boggy, but Wow on the wildflowers!





Much of the doubletrack looked like this.

...and this.

That's Fremont Lake in the far distance.
We attempted the trail connecting to Sweeney Creek, but ran into impassable deadfall.






Some fun trail markers.

The trail wound back to a creek and the paved road about 1.5 miles from where we parked.  We turned right (North) and followed another nice trail for about 1.5 miles more, but were stopped again by deadfall.

This trail will definitely need more exploring.  So beautiful!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lowline and Glimpse Lake Trails



Some spectacular trails accessible from the same trailhead as Little Soda Lake
Here are shown photos of both the Lowline Trail (which is used to access Glimpse Lake) AND a very small portion of the Glimpse Lake Trail.  More photos will be added as we ride further.
(click on any photo for enlarged images. Many of the photos courtesy of Teisha Preece)

Go through a gate and head north from the trailhead parking.  At first it is just open sagebrush.

Track taken on June 5, 2017.  Total mileage: 10 miles.  Elevation=7,507-8,638'  Ascent/descent=1,300'  Trail conditions:  Lowline Trail is Dirt and grass=80%,  Somewhat Rocky=20%; Deadfall factor= 8 to 10. Great for barefoot horses.  The Glimpse Lake Trail is 50% dirt and 50% rocky, not so great for barefoot.  Big rocks and those little ouchy ones.


Then a gradual turn to the right and it opens into grassy areas along a fenceline.  This portion of the trail was really boggy and muddy on June 5, 2017.
Riding along the fence line up the Lowline.


Up some hillsides on the Lowline trail.  


Small No-name lake.


Then past an even smaller pond.


Lots of meadows.
 
Aspen groves....












Some small water features.  This is probably one of the only places for the animals to drink.



 View down into Spring Creek Park.  A trail heads down that way, but it looked really boggy on June 5.


  Where the Glimpse Lake Trail heads up from the Lowline.  There is a sign that says "Trail".

  Heading up the Glimpse Lake Trail.


Also heading up the Glimpse Lake Trail.
 View of Willow Lake from Glimpse Trail.
Wow Factor looking at the Winds and Fremont Lake


Again the Wow Factor increases.
Looking at the Wind River Mountains.  We think the lake is part of Long Lake.




More of the Glimpse Lake Trail


And still More of the Glimpse Lake Trail


And still more

And more of the gorgeous Glimpse Trail.


The fabulous forest just does not stop...






View of Fremont Lake


A zoom view of Fremont Lake.  There happened to be one boat on the lake.
Glimpse Lake Trail on top of the ridge looking south.


Much of the Glimpse Trail is rocky like this.


Lots of forest like this.


We encountered a few snow patches on June 7.



Heading back down the Lowline.  Beautiful view of Soda Lake.



One of my favorite parts of the Lowline trail.  Sigh.....



This is a critical junction coming down onto the Lowline Trail.  The correct path coming up from Soda Lake is the trail on the left.  The one on the right comes up from Spring Creek Trailhead. (Yes, it's shorter, but inaccessible by horse trailers as of June, 2017)



Heading out on the lower part of the Lowline.





This IS Bear Country.  Stay noisy and watchful.