A few weeks ago I canceled a much anticipated backpacking trip because I was down for the count with the flu. By the end of the weekend I was feeling much better and needed (wanted) to get outside. A short trip from home can be found Gans Creek Wild Area part of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

Shooting Star loop

Shooting Star loop

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.

Along the bottoms

Along the bottoms

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.

Special use camp ground

Special use camp 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.

wild flowers

wild flowers

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