Staying at Camp Grasshopper in the Byous Butte Hilton, a quick trip to Rogers was a must-do. It's easy to get an early start for that one when you're already in the neighborhood! That was a good thing, since the road from the Woodbury trail head up to Rogers is in some pretty rough shape. Water run-off has left some very deep ruts. Even creeping along, my truck bottomed out on one of them going in both directions. I had to drop it into 4WD Low to get out of a big hole going up that final hill. Not sure a 2WD could make it right now. And, after that long, slow crawl to the top, you'd expect to be the only one there, but as usual, the parking lot was about 3/4 full. That still surprises me every time. Even on weekdays, I've never seen the lot empty. It's like clawing your way all alone up Mt Everest and pulling yourself over that last ledge, only to find a line waiting to sign in at the summit!
We had perfect weather for this hike and there was plenty of water all along the way. That dead horse that was polluting the creek for many months last year is apparently gone without a trace. Many thanks to whoever is responsible for that, no doubt, unpleasant and difficult clean-up!
We had our trusty clippers with us and spent some significant time on the way down clearing out overgrown areas of the trail. It was a pleasure to reap the benefits of that immediately on our way back up. I could see other areas that have been trimmed along the way, as well, and it's nice to know that there are people out there pitching in to keep these trails maintained for everyone to enjoy. Seriously... it's easy. Just get a small set of clippers that fits in your back pocket and tidy up a spot or two on your next hike to anywhere. And, as always, pack out more than you pack in, because it's not just someone else's trash... if you can see it, it's everyone's trash. More and more these days, with budget cuts and park closings, it is left to us to take care of our own playground. That hardly seems unreasonable and if everyone did just a little, it would amount to quite a lot. As many HAZ members already know, it feels good to do your part!
We got back to camp in plenty of time for some good conversation, a great pot-luck dinner and a roaring campfire under the stars (Dang! I forgot to bring the marshmallows.) Thanks again, Hank, for your wonderful hospitality!
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