|Hiking||16.20 Miles|| 8 Hrs 15 Mns ||2.29 mph|
|3,016 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 10 Mns Break|
|Salida Gulch Trail #95|
We tackled this counterclockwise. It started in a better ponderosa pine Forest than I expected. After a half mile, it drops off to what I expected, more pinion and scrub. It gets a new life passing the highpoint of the trail and soon after John's Tank.
Old #93 Stub
We used a use-trail that I found on satellite to jump up to #9263. It is the old alignment of #93 before they split off the bottom as #95.
Salida Connection Trail #9263
Motorbikes, E-Bikes, and sissy crawlers are allowed on the upper portion of 9263. Which typically translates to horrid tread but it's not as bad as #93. They put in zipper switchbacks at what appears to have been a former bad area. Based on satellite, the motor crowd can still get their kicks on the old rock slide, so this is a rare case of a multi-use trail working for both worlds.
Salida Trail #93
I liked portions of this trail. Most will give it a one-of-five based on the ankle-buster tread. It's nowhere near as bad as Tompkins Trail #513 but I realize hardcore explorers need stroller smooth surfaces.
Prospectors Trail #42
I created today's hike as an out-and-back on #93 so I could get good details for a guide page. As expected, Bruce tried twice to switch it up. This cuts off the worst of #93. There is a nice pocket in that roller coaster of ankle-busters.
That said, he was a good sport doing this hike instead of nicer nearby hikes. Going up bad tread is easier than descending so he didn't have to twist my arm again to cut out the ankle-busters. It was interesting hearing him trying to sell the deal: Waterfalls, palm trees, cheerleaders, and half the distance.
#93 [ youtube video ] & #95 [ youtube video ]