9/27/2010 – Fish Creek Mountain – 541

Date of Hike: 9/27/2010
Location of Hike: Fish Creek Mountain Trail
Trail Number: 541
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 9:30 AM  End Time: 3:00 PM
Hike Distance: 8 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This was a day hike to Fish Creek Mountain – After the tiring quad trip the day before, I wanted a shorter hike that was reasonably close to town. I had forgotten how much elevation this trail had, and it really tired me out! I was able to make the entire trail, including going down to the lake. Did some trail maintenance (brushing of the trails) on both the main part of the trail and also on the trail down to the lake. It needs more help, but I hope it helps keep things passable. I got soaked hiking down to the lake, since the huckleberries were so wet! Got some great views from some of the viewpoints, and got a nice GPS track with some good waypoints on it. One of the interesting things on the hike today – there were at least 8 very large ant hills that were either over the trail, or right next to the trail. I’ve not seen those before and wonder if the ants are busily preparing for winter?

The area is definitely transitioning to fall, as the fall colors were out in force. Many of the huckleberries were turning red, and the vegetation on the rock slide above the lake was yellow and red. It was beautiful!

Couldn’t ask for a nicer day in the woods!

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