It’s been years, so carving out the better part of the day and riding back to the reservior seemed appropriate. Honestly, the access road to the trail head is rougher than the trail, but the trail wasn’t much better. It’s become quite rough over the years; too rough for the LHT to navigate.
On top of that, I came across a Guard unit grading and dumping stone in parts. I’m sure it will be nice in a month or two after some rain has settled it, but this day if the trail was not bumpy, it was a muddy slog. That made for a tedious 40 miles for someone not used to trail riding.