The mud wasn't too bad at all. If anything was an issue, it was the fallen leaves. They make it hard to see what you're about to step on. I had my poles with me, so I didn't stop for many photos. But of course I had to get one of this. Hi suxdonut!
I'm pretty sure this bridge is new, and I bet it's over a spot that would have been very muddy otherwise. A guy walked down toward it just after I took the photo, and he agreed that it's got to be new.
Speaking of which, there were a lot of people. I saw him another time, then when I hiked down to the access road I saw three people walking two dogs, plus another guy when I got back up to the top. And two guys on bikes I saw two times each. Very different from my normal experience there.
It's not a trip on the Rusty Car trail without a photo of the rusty car.
5.3 miles in 2 hours, 12,485 steps, 253ft gain
Pretty good walk, but I had a bit of a frustrating time in the North end. I haven't been spending as much time there so I took a lot of wrong turns. At least I didn't accidentally delete the video of the drive home!