A view from our campsite of Glascock mountain which forms one side of the canyon.
After setting up camp, we headed down the road for a hike to Frog Pond, which is on the opposite ridge from Glascock mountain. The hike starts at the Road 40, or Rayhouse Road, parking lot. We crossed a bridge that one can no longer drive over. The county is in the process of building a new road next to the old one.
We followed the dirt road up to a pretty stone barn, which we walked around.
From there we headed up the dirt road to the Frog Pond trail. Just at the upper bend of the road (in photo below), we saw three BMW bikers enjoying a ride through the ridge. They waved to us as they passed us going down hill.
We then started our climb up the ridge. Partway up, we were able to see views of the canyon looking east and where we parked our car.
We continued the hike under a canopy of trees. After approximately .6 of a mile, we came to a clearing on top of a ridge. From the ridge, we were able to view the campground below...
...and views of the canyon north.
We hiked about another .7 of a mile to the pond. To our surprise there was water still in the pond.
We will have to come back in the spring after a wet winter to see this pond when it is full. I'm sure it will be gorgeous and be full of frogs and tadpoles. We started to do the remainder of the loop hike, 1.5 mile, but we changed our minds on the rest of the loop since the map I had with me wasn't detailed enough (the map below is much better). Each sign post we came to just stated "trail" and had arrows pointing in two directions. There were no names of the trails posted on the signs or mile markers. There was one sign stating entering BLM.
Total miles hike were about 4.5 miles.
Would we come back again to camp and hike this pretty area? You bet we would! We are looking forward to a spring visit, crossing may small streams along the trails, and looking for tadpoles and frogs at frog pond.