|A waterfall on Branch Creek Thursday|
I forced myself to take it a bit easier for this hike; instead of Mount Rose I did the Big Creek loop. It’s been years since I’ve done the entire loop. I find the first half of the loop to be prettier and shorter. But now with the re-routing of the bridge both halves of the loop from the Ellinor connector trail is pretty much the same distance. I’m glad I did the whole loop as I found oyster mushrooms and got to see all the wonderful bridges. The Mount Rose trail crew does such a great job here. I noticed that few new benches have been installed and the bridge over the dry creek has been resurfaced.
I took my tea at the look out and found lot’s of bear grass up there. I wanted to wander up into the forest on the lower Ellinor trail but I forced myself to take it easy. I started my hike at 9am and finished at about 2pm.
The campground gate was open, but I did not have my forest pass with me, so I had to park outside the gate instead of at the trail head. It’s not legal for the forest service to charge us just to park and hike, but I don’t feel like fighting a ticket. I got a giggle out of what was done to one of the pass required signs.
8 miles with 1,700 feet elevation gain.
|Trees are marked, maybe to be cut at Big Creek on Thursday|
|Bridge at Branch Creek on Thursday|
|This creek has been dry year round for several years now but the bridge|
just got upgraded anyway and it needed it.
|This property was given back the the tribe. The tribe will now|
charge for boat launching, but not for picnic parking. Seems fair
boat owners have boatloads of money.
|Stopped to tye my boot and noticed the moss Hylocomnium splendens|
|Lunch on Mount Ellinor|
|Bear grass ready to be hauled off by brush pickers|
|Marked tree at Big Creek camp might be cut down|
|Marked trees at Big Creek camp might be cut down for |
|Thank you Mount Rose trail crew|
The bridges on this trail are amazing.
|9th circuit court of appeals has ruled that it is not legal for the forest service|
to charge people just to park and hike. But the forest service still puts these signs up.
|8 miles with 1,700 feet elevation gain|
Bad track log today, this hike is really just 6.5 miles at most