April 20, 2012
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the 87/260 north to Strawberry. Turn left on Fossil Creek Road. Continue past all homes to a dirt road. The turn off to the trailhead lies to the right off of the dirt road. Parking is limited, so arrive early. Rudimentary bathrooms are available in the parking lot.
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Fossil Creek Trail lures the ill prepared for a chance to splash in travertine pools
Each year, in that glorious time between the brisk cold of winter and the searing heat of summer, my children and I embark on an expedition down the Fossil Creek Trail to the spring source. One of our favorite trips of the year, we look forward to playing in those magical pools, but also prepare for the trek with plenty of water, hats, lots of snacks and time. Unfortunately, many of the people badly underestimate the rigors of the eight-mile round trip complete with 3,000 feet of elevation lost and then painfully regained. Every weekend, search and rescue teams haul the unlucky or ill prepared up the long, steep trail. This summer could set rescue records, especially if the current closure of Fossil Creek Road prompts even more flip-flop-wearing, beer-cooler toting flatlanders to go slopping down the trail.