I hadn't driven very far, probably just to the end of FR 478, when my wife and I looked at each other and I knew we both thought they weren't going to make it. We turned around, and sure enough about a mile from where we left them they were stopped. The truck had given up on a little hill. We loaded our big dog in the way back of our truck . Put the couple in the back seat. Put the little dog in the front seat and we went on our way back to their ranch house. It wasn't very far, probably only a mile or two, and if they had been younger and and the wife not so obviously infirm, and if it hadn't have been raining and in upper 30's- they might have been able to walk it. At the ranch their many dogs came out to greet us (and our dogs). Their son came out to help them and hear their story.I looked around the property which had many vehicles on it, and I wondered to myself if the old pickup was the best possible choice to make the 50 mile round trip to Winston.Well, it was good that we went back. They didn't have a cell phone. There probably wasn't service out there at that time anyway. They wouldn't have been missed for awhile, it was quite cold and raining, and very,very few people come down that road.There was a huge a rainbow in the sky as we headed for our original destination.
FR 549 is a well maintained road,but as it descends into Bear Trap Canyon it is very narrow. So much so that it gave us pause to the idea of ever bringing the trailer down there, at least via this route. It could be done, but it might be best to station someone at the bottom to make sure no one was trying to come up when you're coming down. The canyon is very scenic with aspens growing among jagged rocks. There are nice places for dispersed camping among the tall pines along the creek bed. Hughes Mill has big oak trees and a couple of camping sites and a vault toilet.
|Hughes Mill Campground|
|Upper Bear Trap Canyon|