As you drive in, you go down a big hill and back up another, so by parking and walking back out the way I came, I have the option to climb twice. I got down to the lowest part and was just in the mood for one climb, so I turned around and came back up instead of climbing up, down, and back up.
2.78 miles in 56 minutes, 5,970 steps, 263ft gain
The area runs alongside the Eastern portion of the gulch, and I couldn't resist popping in for a look.
But it was extremely hard to even get in, as every path was very muddy and lots of them were also covered with tons of wet leaves.
So I jumped back off the trails, did an extra lap around the ballfields for more distance, then walked over to the fancier part of the trail that's got all the woodchips.
When the whole thing was over, I wished I'd taken that second climb. Mondays are sometimes creaky and sore days for me, though, and it's ok to ease back into the week.