Aloha Friday the 13th, And a lucky day it was indeed. My friend Craig joined us for the Dead Tree descent before he had to hike back up to the Guardsmans road. It was a pleasure to have him. Zoey is back in the hood and it was nice to have her back in the pack from Jackson Hole. This hike is a classic folks, a must do and easily accessible from the Guard road. Just down from the saddle of Brighton where Scotts trail starts for the crest ride you can park off the side of the road. Hike up the gated utility road that leads to Jupiter peak and drop down the Dead Tree trail that is marked by a fire pit. The descent it awesome and the prize is a well worth the effort! Shadow lake is really cool and if your lucky, a moose might cross your path.
After a refreshing swim we hiked around the west side of the lake continuing to the east side, cleaning up the trail of stray rocks along the way. My friends and I love this descent and we call it the Tour de Bruceii. All you mountain bikers out there know what I'm talkin' about..... It ROCKS!! A 2 hour lolly pop loop at its finest. One can also go up the steep climb to the Puke hill intersection on up to Jupiter peak as an alternate route which is super cool as well, just a little bit longer, but well worth your time and effort. Get out and play!! Peace...Schwaby