The goal for the day was to explore Larson Ridge and to explore some of the abandoned roads along the way.
I started at the Rim top TH. The first 3 hours of hike was fruitless. Then I figured out a direct route from the bike trail to Larson Ridge. I went through Willow Springs canyon. The creek had a good flow through it.
Larson Ridge is a neat area. As you go North Horse Trap Canyon comes in from the West (left) and Long Tom canyon comes in from the East (right). Eventually Horse Trap Canyon becomes Chevelon Canyon. Larson Ridge ends at the convergence of Chevelon Canyon and Long Tom Canyon.
There are numerous camping spots along the road. There's also a number of Chevelon Creek views spots along the way. The best view spots are where there's rock outcroppings at the edge of the ridge.
The two best view spots are:
Larson Spring Tank -there’s a big flat rocky area here- (I didn't find the tank)
At the end of Larson Ridge -there a big car size rock here-
I took the following route back:
Gen Crook trail
Willow Springs trail
502 Bike trail
This was one of few times that the fire threat was posted as LOW. The ground was super soggy and there was a lot of standing water on the trails.
The temps were just down right chilly. It never did warm up. At least I didn't get rained on for once! When I got back to the Jeep the covers had frost on them.