Singletrack 421 takes me from Big Horse to the upper reaches of Willow Creek that I’ll cross to continue southwest over the hill on singletrack 319. Downstream crossings were simple but this looks deep and muddy. The last thing I want is to bog down as night falls.
I circle once to see if there are tracks to an easier crossing but see nothing. I guess this is it. I get a run and hit it. It’s only about axle deep until I’m nearly to the other bank then the front drops into a hole and I’m pushing water up to my shins. I gas it and churn out. Phew.