|Bill and Francine on Chuckwagon trail|
Chuckwagon trail has been adopted into the official trail system, so route-finding was real easy, and the trail is like a freeway now. The hikers sure love it now, as there is a huge Trailhead/parking area at the start. Unfortunately we got yelled at by a group of hikers. Kevin was slowly riding up on a group of four. When they heard his brakes, they turned and started ranting at us. Unfortunately, a trail built by mountain bikers is overrun by hikers for the first two miles.
After Chuckwagon makes a u-turn and heads back west on what used to be named Gunslinger, we hit
the main road. We were glad to find the Mescal trail, one we failed to find two years
ago. They now have a new connector trail. Again this entire area is well signed, now. This trail definitely was better
than the jeep road climb and descent we did two years ago, that went around the
back side of Mescal mountain. Mescal trail wrapped around the front of Mescal
rock, another red rock formation. The
second half of Aerie trail was real nice as well. Once on Western Civilization, we skipped Last
Frontier, as we were ready to finish, and rode up Girdner to our condo. 18 miles.