1/12/2022 – Eagle Creek Trail – 501

Date of Hike: 1/12/2022
Location of Hike: Eagle Creek Trail
Trail Number: 501
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Carly, Otis and Thor
Start Time: 12:00 PM  End Time: 2:30 PM
Hike Distance: 5.3 miles  Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
Pictures: Link
Today’s hike was a great day out with Carly and the 3 dogs. She was down visiting for a few days as a late Christmas celebration. Since pickings are slim due to all the fire closures and all the low elevation snow, I thought Eagle Creek would be a good choice. I was hoping we’d have the trail to ourselves doing it midweek, and we did.

We started late since we had to wait until Jet came over – we got to the trailhead about noon and quickly headed out. I was a bit surprised to see snow right before the trailhead on the road. We didn’t see any more until a bit down the trail on the old road:

We soon got to the good portion of the trail where it heads into the big trees and follows the creek. It was a beautiful sunny day in the big old trees:

We continued down the trail with the dogs doing their thing, probably walking twice as far as we did. As we got further up the creek, the snow became more consistent and soon covered the whole trail:

It was still easy walking at this point – we knew it was going to be a short day, partially because we got a late start, but also because we needed to get back before dinner. A little after 1:00, after about 2.5 miles or so, we decided to stop at a spot near the creek. We walked down off the trail and over to a campsite near the creek. This is what it looked like from our lunch spot:

While we were eating, the dogs were enjoying the snow:

After a pretty quick lunch, we decided to head back since Otis was starting to get cold in the snow. The trip back seemed really fast, and we got back to the truck about 2:30 and headed home.

It was a really nice day in the woods, shared with Carly and the dogs.

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