Not as crowded as the rest of Rock Bridge (maps can be found here), Gans Creek trails have for years been a favorite for some quick fresh air. This day I decided on the 2.5 mile loop South of Gans Creek. Starting the trail headed North from the Shooting Star Trail Head, stay left at the fork for a sweeping view of the valley, go down the hill and stop at the creek.
Go left at the creek, which will go through the bottoms, then there is a switchback along Waterslide Creek. This takes the trail back to the uplands, where it comes to a ‘T.’ At the ‘T”, go left, and the trail will lead to the special use/youth camping area.
The trail goes through the camping area and returns to the trailhead. All in all, even if I still didn’t feel good, it was a nice hike.