Not quite sure how far we could go down this
trail, we passed Mudspring Shallow then found
ourselves at a clearing where we stopped to get GPS
coordinates and review the map. Beyond the
clearing the trail began to close in and undergrowth
in the form of blueberry bushes and rhododendrons
swallowed up the trail. Before loosing the
trail to the forest we did find a nice boulder patch
to rock crawl through.
Backtracking we then headed down into the valley.
Along the way we passed Michael's Rut and stopped
at Buck Pointe. Michael's Rut is marked
along a trail that takes you down into the valley that
sees a lot of rainwater runoff that makes this trail
difficult at times with considerable erosion. The
name of the spot Michaels Rut probably came from
some incident that involved one of these washed out trails
and presumably someone name Michael. Buck Pointe has
a real nice view of the valley so we're guessing it was
probably a well known hunting spot where hunters would
perch themselves above the ridgeline and get a good look
at the valley and the game below.