On July 10, we took another look at Moran Basin Road (Road 5241). The slides had been cut out a few days earlier (reportedly, not by the Forest Service but by a third party), so we were able to reach the Trail 2 trailhead. Time was limited, so I decided to go as far up the trail as I could get by mid-afternoon.
Trail 2 is a popular local hike, climbing south along the western edge of the Moran Creek Basin until it reaches the crest of Coal Ridge near the old lookout and patrol cabin. Although I didn’t reach the ridge top, I got several photos along the way.
Here’s the trail near the beginning. As you can see, it’s in great shape.
The remains of the lookout are still standing.
There were quite a few water crossings, including this nice waterfall. John’s dog, Blue, is certainly enjoying it.
At that altitude, the wildflowers were still in full display.
I had to turn around at this point — near Coal Ridge, but not yet above the trees.