Most of the triplogs for this hike, the people did not do this hike at all! This hike starts right from Greer, from right behind the Rendezvous Diner and Molly's off of Osborne Rd., and goes to the West Fork Baldy Trail. It is about 6 miles one way. I think it was originally intended as a horse access trail to Baldy. The original write-up by Belladonna Took is correct, though. Once it gets to the Baldy area, it is NOT this trail anymore! So if you are doing only the Baldy Loop, please leave this one off your linked hikes!
Ok, now that I have vented...
I hiked up 4.8 miles one-way, and then retraced my steps, carrying my new multiday backpack, with 26 pounds in it, so got over 9 miles and 1000 feet. I saw a mother deer with triplets! And later on, some other deer, and a garter snake of some kind. And a Stellar's Jay.
Good views of Baldy, which I heard that someone has climbed last week, using snowshoes. He said crampons also necessary if you want to actually summit.
The aspens are greening up. Dan Quayle Spring ("Potatoe" Hollow Spring) is flowing very nicely.
If you want to backpack on this trail, it is best to go past "Potatoe" Hollow Spring, where the trail no longer is close to the road. There is a nice flat area about .2 mile beyond the spring (if you started the hike in Greer.)
Despite what other triplogs say (the ones that actually hiked THIS trail) I like this trail. There is never anyone on it. The trailhead is known mostly only to Greer residents, although of course, it is published in the FS booklet.
Locally, Trail Spring Pond is known as Badger Pond, and the trail is often referred to as Badger Pond Trail. "Potatoe" Hollow Spring is on the map only as "spring."
Starting a long backpacking trip in this area, one could start up this trail, do Baldy, then perhaps the RR grade on over to Indian Springs, then down W. Fork of the Black River to main fork, then to Fish Creek Trail and up and across into the Blue, and on down Foote Creek to the Blue River and cross it and up Lanphier and across into New Mexico and on to the Gila. Then, do the Gila. That would occupy a pleasant month and would be an nice little thru-hike...
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|This is called Badger Pond locally. Not sure why "Potatoe" Hollow Spring is not on here, except that on the map, it just says "spring." |