Monday, April 21, 2014

Dry Creek Trail to the Ridge Camp

I think this is the 37th time I have blogged this trail.. I bet I've hiked this trail more than anyone else..

It was supposed to by dry and sunny on Easter and then the weather would be back to rain on Monday.  So after getting permission from my family I went for a hike.  It has been a while since I went up Dry Creek.  I had been kind of avoiding it after my last trip up there.
This trip was better, but there was some rain, I may as well have hiked it on Monday.  The creek was high but I found a log to cross it on upstream of the trail.

There were a lot of trilliums in bloom before the creek crossing.  There are about 5 blow downs to navigate after the creek, other wise the trail is in good shape in spite of getting so little use.

Pellia was growing in the middle of the trail and producing sporophytes.
I made it to the beautiful ridge at 3pm and took an hour break.  I was tired; this hike always takes it out of me. 
When I got back down to the Lake I saw that a homeowner down there had left a massive fire going.  Fires are not allowed in that area anymore as far as I know.  There is a sign on the trail that says that there is a nature area all along there and camp fires are not allowed.
As always the old growth forest on the ridge was wonderful and the destruction on the Lake Shore was ugly.

11 miles with 2,300 feet elevation gain

Short video

Long video


Mount Rose

Where it all went pear shaped last time

It does not make me feel better that they planted one
for every one they cut down.  It will take up to 1,200 years to replace them


High Speed Chase

Kristen Delaney died here, but why?

Tea time

Lunch time view

Carnivore poop

Hypnum circinale moss on the log in camp

My hand made daypack on the Hypnum covered log

Evidence of very old trail work

The log we chose to cross the creek on

The official log crossing
(no thanks!)

Beautiful Mount Rose, named after  the father
of the mountain that mount Ellinor is named after
his future son-in-law  the cartographer was sucking up I guess

Fire by the lake

Homestead associated with the fire

The fire by the lake
there is a lot of footage of this in the longer video

Track log in Google Earth

1 comment:

Joe Hendricks said...

Loved the video! Thanks!