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2/17/2020 – Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 2/17/2020
Location of Hike: Fish Creek - Old Road 54
Weather during Hike: Partly sunny
Hiking Buddies: Thor and Otis
Start Time: 1:30 PM  End Time: 4:00 PM
Hike Distance: 6.1 miles  Elevation Gain: 1500 feet
Pictures: Link
Today’s hike was mostly intended to get the two dogs out to wear them out a bit. The weather was supposed to be nice and I had the day off (President’s day), so it all seemed to line up. Since I couldn’t dedicate a whole day, I wanted something close, so Fish Creek fit the bill.

We headed out after lunch and got to the trailhead a little after 1:00. I was surprised to see another car and and a truck there. The truck had a guy getting out of it, getting ready to hike it appeared. I was amazed there was so much interest in this “trail” on a Monday. But I guess it was nice weather and it was technically a holiday. The Clackamas River trail parking lot had quite a few people in it as we passed by.

The man in the truck headed out before us, and since there were others on the trail, and I haven’t really hiked by myself with Otis, I decided to keep them on the leashes. We soon headed down the trail, with Thor and Otis in the lead:

That didn’t last too long as Thor seemed like he felt it was his “job” to lead, and would growl at Otis if he got ahead. So Thor lead, and Otis followed (mostly).

It wasn’t too far when we met a group coming back – and I heard another dog bark, so we got off the trail and let them pass – both Otis and Thor barked at them but they passed without incident. We continued south down the old road and soon saw the man who headed out before us. It wasn’t too long before he said he needed to remove some layers and let us go by. The dogs were pulling me hard, so we were making GREAT time. We passed him and a little farther down the trail I let them off leash since there shouldn’t have been anyone ahead of us. They loved that and did the usual running around with me having to remind them not to get too far ahead. They did pretty well off leash, though.

It didn’t take too long (a bit over an hour I think) to get to the first bridge, which I thought would be a good turnaround point for the day. Just short of the bridge there was a tree across the old road, so I sawed off some branches to make it easier to step over. We then got to the first bridge, with Fish Creek rushing underneath. Here is the view looking north:

And then looking south:

We stopped, had some water and ate a little bit – the man soon caught up to us and the dogs started barking at him, but once they saw he presented no danger they stopped. We chatted for a bit – he said his dad was a logger who had cut out a lot of the roadways in the drainage back in the 60’s. He had been coming down there regularly and liked the area. I wish I had gotten his name, but we were chatting about all the history in the area it never came up.

After a bit, he decided to continue further south. We shortly packed up and headed back north, back to the truck. I don’t think we really stopped at all on the way in or the way out. As I said, it was a pretty short hike by design, but we did end up hiking over 6 miles! It was a nice day out in a beautiful forest along an gorgeous creek.

4/13/2019 – Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 4/13/2019
Location of Hike: Fish Creek
Weather during Hike: Foggy and Rainy
Hiking Buddies: Thor
Start Time: 10:55 AM  End Time: 2:15 PM
Hike Distance: 6.2 miles  Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
Pictures: Link
Today’s hike was interesting. The plan was to hike with the scouts – they were heading up Fish Creek to do a one night backpacking trip. While I couldn’t spend the night (I had to watch the animals while Gail and Abby were on a retreat), I could go up for the day. So I figured I could head up with them and then come home. Things didn’t work out quite that way, but it was still an interesting day.

We were going to meet on the trail about 11, so I headed up and go there a bit before 11. No one was there, so I figured I would just head up and they might catch me – or at least they would meet me at the first bridge (that was about as far as you could go due to the high water). We headed up the Calico road and then down to Fish Creek after the Rimrock creek crossing. Until that point, it was dry, but shortly after heading down to Fish Creek it started drizzling. As we headed south, the rain got stronger – never too strong, but it became a real rain rather than drizzle.

Shortly after heading down the Fish Creek, we found this bone on the trail:

Thor was REALLY interested in it, but I got him to leave it along and we continued down the trail. A bit further, someone had built a cairn right in the middle of the trail:

Thor didn’t like it – when he saw it he barked at it and went WAY around it. Funny thing was, on the way back, he didn’t even bark at it once, he just sniffed it when we passed it.

It wasn’t a very eventful hike. The route is relatively easy – easy grade, not much elevation. We soon made it to the first bridge, where we were going to turn around. It was lunch time, so we stopped there and had lunch. We ate in the little campsite near the bridge, since it was somewhat protected (we didn’t get quite as wet). After eating lunch, we headed back to the bridge and I took some pictures and videos of the raging river:

Here are a couple of videos from the bridge – looking south and north:

We watched the raging river for a while, and I was hoping that the scouts would have caught up to us, but after about 45 minutes there, we were getting really wet (and starting to get a little chilly), so we headed back. I figured either plans had changed or we would meet them on the way back. About 3/4 mile from the bridge, we met them. Apparently they got a later start than planned. We talked for a bit and then Thor and I headed north while they continued south.

It wasn’t too long and we were back at the car. By the time we got back to the car, the rain had let up again, but we were pretty wet. The heater in the car felt good on the way home. Thor was tired – he wanted to lie down, but he couldn’t fit lying down in the seat. If I had my truck, he would have laid down in the back, but I sold it last week in anticipation of my new truck, which I will be picking up tomorrow.

It was a nice day out. Very different due to the fog and rain. It is always interesting to see rivers running high and fast. Fish Creek was certainly loud today and I’m glad I got to experience it.

3/3/2018 – Calico Road and Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 3/3/2018
Location of Hike: Calico Road and Fish Creek
Weather during Hike: Cool with intermittent sunshine
Hiking Buddies: Thor
Start Time: 9:50 AM  End Time: 1:25 PM
Hike Distance: 7 miles  
Pictures: Link
Today’s hike was kind of a roller coaster. Originally, I was supposed to be working on the house this weekend (getting ready for our flooring installation), but I’ve made good progress during the week, so decided I could get out for a quick hike. Kirk was going to come, but had to cancel due to needing to go to the doctor. So, Thor and I headed up to Calico Road (the second time this year), and headed up.

I was surprised at how much snow there was. Just a few weeks ago there was pretty much no snow anywhere, but today, there was snow at the crest of the hill outside of Estacada, and remnants of snow along 224. Once we turned off to go up Fish Creek road, the snow started getting heavier – it wasn’t ON the road, but right up to it.

We started out on the old road with snow almost covering the “tread”:

We continued down the road, making good time and watching the snow get deeper and deeper. We got to a turn where the sunlight was poking thru and illuminating the trees (this photo doesn’t do it justice):

We continued down the road, gaining elevation until we got to the 120 spur junction. At that point, we started heading down and found some fresh deer prints in the snow:

We continued down the road to its end and then did a short cross country jaunt back to the 54 road. From there, we decided to head upstream to the first bridge. We had lunch there and rested for a few minutes. Here is Fish Creek from first bridge:

Thor was kind of restless, so we shortly headed back. On the way back, I looked back at one point and saw this view of what I think is Wanderers Peak, with snow on it:

We made good time going back and got back to the car about 1:30 and then headed home.

Nothing terribly exciting or earth shaking happened on this hike, but it was nice to experience the snow and get out and enjoy the woods for a few hours.

2/3/2018 – Calico Road and Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 2/3/2018
Location of Hike: Down Calico road and Back Fish Creek
Weather during Hike: Misty to Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Zack and Thor
Start Time: 9:45 AM  End Time: 3:00 PM
Hike Distance: 4.8 miles  
Pictures: Link
Today’s hike was a “Get out in the woods” hike. I’d been working on the kitchen remodel and hadn’t hiked for several weekends, and I really wanted to get out. Thor needed some exercise too – especially since Jet was coming over for the Super Bowl the next day. I wanted to expend some of his pent up energy. I also took the opportunity to test out a theory we had – how much farther the dogs go than we do. I put my old GPS in Thor’s pack and then compared the raw data from the GPS to the raw data on my phone. I used the raw data since I figured a bunch of Thor’s running around would get filtered out by the “fix” program I use (which turned out to be true). The track from my Phone showed we hiked 5.11 miles – the GPS showed Thor hiked 9.17 miles! So even though Thor was by himself (no other dog), he still hiked close to twice as far as we did! It will be interesting to repeat the experiment when Ollie comes along – I will be it wills MORE than twice as far!

Zack joined us on this hike and he wanted to do some clearing up the old Calico road – the plan was to try and clear that and then head down to Fish Creek and clear that road on the way back – we didn’t have enough time to get the whole Calico road cleared, but we got close. We didn’t do much on Fish Creek since we ran out of time. I didn’t take too many photos since it was kind of a short day, but we did cut quite a few logs off the old road. I didn’t count, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were 40 or 50 logs. We used my saw, but Zack did all the cutting since I wasn’t sure how Thor would respond to the the noise of the chainsaw. Amazingly enough, it didn’t seem to bother him. I did a bunch of lopping and clearing of the cut logs.

We started down the old Calico road, and short came to a huge messy blowdown. We cleared that, and then crossed Rimrock creek. After that crossing, I normally head down to Fish Creek (there is an old quad trail down), but today we continued up the Calico road. We cleared logs as we went, and while clearing one log, Zack saw this Pacific Giant Salamander- I didn’t get a good picture of him – once we saw him, he quickly scampered back under some brush – I was trying to get my boot in the photo for scale, but was too slow. His body was probably 6-8″ long and his tail was at least that long, if not longer:

We continued down Calico road to a point where the 120 spur met it. We had lunch there and the sun came out for a few minutes. After a quick lunch, we continued south on the 120 spur and quickly came to First Creek – this is what it looks like a little higher up the canyon wall (a little smaller than down by fish creek):

We continued down the spur road and a litlte farther Zack told me about this cool little waterfall below the road:

While he continued to cut logs off the road, Thor and I went down to check it out. A little farther down the road, we encountered this very large tree that had come down – one we did not cut:

We continued to the end of the 120 spur and then headed cross country down to the old road 54. We came in just north of Second creek. Once we hit the old road 54, we quickened our pace since we were running a bit late. We didn’t really do any cutting or lopping on the way back except for a couple of small trees. We made it back to the truck a little after 3.

A great day out in the woods in February. Nothing earth shaking happened, but cutting out a bunch of logs felt good and the weather really couldn’t have been better.

1/1/2018 – Fish Creek Epic

Date of Hike: 1/1/2018
Weather during Hike: Sunny and cold
Hiking Buddies: Kirk, Robert, Ollie and Thor
Start Time: 9:00 AM  End Time: 4:30 PM
Hike Distance: 10.1 miles  
Pictures: Link
Today’s hike was something that has become somewhat of a tradition – hiking on New Years Day. Six out of the last eight years, I’ve done a hike on New Years Day. Last year I had planned to, but the weather was too bad (Road conditions were very poor at home) so it had to be postponed. I asked a bunch of friends if anyone wanted to come, and Kirk and Robert both said they wanted to. I had given a list of what I thought as possibilities, and Kirk wanted to do the “epic” option. Robert wasn’t sure he could do it, but decided to try it. The plan was to hike the old road 54 down Fish Creek to the confluence of Fish and Wash Creeks and then head down Wash Creek to Pick Creek. I figured that would put the day at 12-13 miles.

We ended up starting a little earlier than normal, which was good, because the days are short so we would have limited daylight hours. We made it to the trailhead a little before 9am and quickly headed out. It was pretty cold – the roads were frosty and nothing was dripping – it was all frozen. We headed down the calico road trail/road and at the Rimrock creek crossing, Kirk and Robert noticed this really interesting “hair” fungus – I’ve never seen it before:

We took some photos and then headed down the old quad track back down to the old 54 road. The beginning of the trail is in decent shape – not too many trees down, but there are sections that are getting VERY brushy. We didn’t do any brushing on the way in really, because we were trying to make time. The new cedar and fir trees that are now growing on the old road are really starting to encroach on the trail track. I’m hopeful that as those grow up and shade the old roadbed that it will be easier to maintain, but I guess time will tell how it all plays out.

We continued south on the trail and made really good time – we got to the first bridge about 10:30. We stopped there, drank some water and took a few photos. Here is an un-named creek coming in just north of the first bridge:

We then continued south to the first real challenge of the day – the third creek crossing – I knew this might be a challenge since we’ve had all the snowmelt and runoff, but it was wider and deeper/faster than I’ve ever seen it:

We headed upstream and found a way to cross without getting wet. It was rather challenging navigating on the south side of the creek, and we found this interesting “cave” while going back to the “trail”:

We made it back to the trail and continued south, fighting our way thru the brush and eventually making it to the second bridge about noon. We ate lunch there and pondered on what to do.

I got this really cool shot looking south from Second bridge towards the Fish/Wash creek confluence – the sun and mist was really neat looking, although as usual, the camera doesn’t pick up the beauty of it very well:

After eating and enjoying the view for a bit, we needed to decide how to proceed. We were a ways from the trailhead and when we calculated our return time, we figured we only had 30 minutes or so before we needed to head back (or hike in the dark, which none of us wanted to do). We decided to see how far up Wash Creek we could get – We figured we wouldn’t have time to get to Pick Creek today. We didn’t get very far before we hit the Music Creek crossing of old road 54:

The water there was running even higher and faster than third creek. We decided that this would need to be our turnaround point since it would take quite some time to cross this raging creek safely.

I made a short video of the raging Music Creek:

While we were looking around, I found this neat “chute” just north of where Music Creek empties into Fish Creek:

And a short video of this “chute”:

This was the closest we got to the confluence – Kirk found a good little viewpoint of the confluence. You can see Fish and Wash Creeks in the background with Music Creek in the foreground:

And another short video of this shot:

We then turned around and headed back. Since Kirk had the loppers and I had the saw, we did a little more lopping on the way back, cutting back the worst of the brush – although it needs a LOT more work to make it easily passable.

One thing I had skipped taking a photo of on the way in was this weird area of blowdown – probably a section 50′ wide and a couple hundred feet long – all the trees were all snapped off. We were thinking it was probably some sort of micro climate wind gust that knocked them all down:

At the Third creek crossing we put away the loppers and saw and checked the time. We figured we were cutting it pretty close so we decided to stop doing any more lopping on the way back. We ended up crossing Third creek in a different spot than we did coming in. Robert and I made it just getting our feet slightly wet, but Kirk ended up getting pretty wet. He slipped on a rock and was up to his knees in water. But we all made it safely across the creek. After that crossing, we tried to hasten our pace to get back to the van by dark. We made it just before sunset I think – good timing.

A great way to start 2018!

2/16/2016 – Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 2/16/2016
Location of Hike: Fish Creek
Weather during Hike: partly sunny
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 10:45 AM  End Time: 1:30 PM
Hike Distance: 6.5 miles  
Pictures: Link
Hike description
This hike was a rather quick hike just to get out and enjoy a nice winter day. I had the day off of work (President’s Day), and the weather was supposed to be pretty good (not raining). It turned out to be much nicer than I thought – it was somewhat warm and partly sunny. A very enjoyable day in the woods.

The one thing this hike had was lots of water. Due to the recent rains, all the side creeks were running high and fast. Fish Creek was very loud all day long and so was the Clackamas River. The North Fork reservoir was very turbid, which you don’t see too often.

We started at the Calico road “trailhead” – it goes a quarter of a mile or so and then there is a side trail that the old quadders made down to the Fish Creek road. The Rimrock creek crossing was the first challenging crossing (although not too bad):

After crossing the creek and heading down to the Fish Creek road, we arrived at this campsite near the river, which I had never really explored before:

We explored a bit and then continued down the road, soon finding yet another campsite near the creek:

After exploring this campsite for a bit we continued down the “road” which is looking more and more like a trail and less like a road:

At one point there is a good viewpoint of the creek – well, it used to be better, but now the alders are growing up and obscuring the view somewhat. I took a video of how loud and fast the creek was:

We also came across this large log which someone spent a great deal of time removing – glad to see someone is keeping this accessible:

We continued down the trail until we got to the approach to the first bridge. The approach is growing in rapidly – I hardly recognized it:

We got to the first bridge and had lunch and enjoyed the sunshine. After eating lunch, I took this video of the creek – both upstream and downstream:

After enjoying the views for a while, we headed back down the trail. We explored another side trail that I’ve never explored before – what had to have been an old trail which was used by quads more recently, but is now just a beautiful mossy grove of trees:

After walking around that short loop and back down to the trail, we continued down the trail and soon came to yet another cool side trail (another one I had never explored) – it was a neat “narrows” part of the creek with a big log over it:

After enjoying that view for a bit we headed back and shortly arrived at the truck and headed home. A short day in the woods, but it was very nice.

10/29/2011 – Wash Creek Exploration

Date of Hike: 10/29/2011
Location of Hike: Wash Creek Basin
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Kirk
Start Time: 10:15 AM  End Time: 6:00 PM
Hike Distance: 13.4 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
A truly epic hike. The weather was absolutely fantastic, although we did get very wet due to the brushiness of the “trail” (an old road that was decommissioned after the ’96 floods). It was one of the most grueling hikes I’ve ever done, probably only topped by one back in 2009 where I did more mileage on normal trails with more elevation gain.
Looking at our task ahead of us:

The first 7 miles was pretty much tough bushwhacking through young alders most of the way. The old roads are REALLY getting overgrown – and most of the places you couldn’t even see the gravel anymore. The duff is starting to build up and ferns, etc are starting to grow in the old road. The alders were the biggest problem, though. The road started out with sort of a track, but that quickly disappeared. The good news is that since we decided to do a shuttle hike, we were going downhill all the way, starting at about 4100′ and finishing at about 1200′ . One of the questions for this hike was whether or not we would have to do an out and back hike of if we could do a thru hike (which was shorter). By about the 5 mile mark, we decided we were going to get across the creek no matter what – we weren’t going to to and out and back! Fortunately, there was a really big log over the river which made a perfect bridge.

That turned over bridge was an absolutely amazing sight. One end of the bridge was actually twisted upside down! The bridge broke at one end and twisted. Absolutely incredible.

We had a late lunch there, dried out our feet and changed socks and then continued on. The next mile to the next bridge was probably the toughest since there were lots of downed trees over the road, some of them really tough to get around. By the time we got to the bridge at the confluence of Fish and Wash creeks, we were pretty tired. We had taken a lot longer than we planned, but from then on, the track was pretty good – it was like a 4 lane superhighway compared to what we had done before! We made great time back to the vehicle at the north end, but it was almost 6:00 – two hours later than we had planned – and we still had 2 1/2 hours of driving ahead of us. We got to my truck just after dark and turned around – driving on forest service roads in the dark isn’t fun! We missed a turn and had to figure out where we missed it. We finally figured it out and got on the road back. It was about 22 miles up narrow, winding gravel roads, with several turns along the way. Interestingly enough, most of those roads are in pretty good shape – there was even a section of a mile or so that is still paved! I ended up getting home about 9pm – a 13 hour day. I was exhausted but we had a good time, and seeing that turned over bridge was worth all the effort. I’ll be paying the price for the next few days, though.

4/23/2011 – Calico Road – Up Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 4/23/2011
Location of Hike: Old Calico Road - Up Fish Creek
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 8:30 AM  End Time: 1:00 PM
Hike Distance: 10 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This was a trek up the old 5420 road in the Fish Creek drainage. Many people call it the Calico road (old maps also show this name).

I have explored this area before, however I wanted to go further than I had before. I had heard some interesting things about the area and wanted to explore more.

I ended up going up the road about 5 miles, passing numerous old road junctions. This area had LOTS of roads in it before the ’96 floods when all the roads were decommissioned. I saw some BIG elk prints in the mud –

crossed several creeks, and even got to see a bunch or horses on the trail!

I also found an old stump with an old sign on it, however the sign text was gone. I’d love to know what used to be on the sign, but alas I will probably never know.

It is very interesting to see how quickly nature will recover and reclaim land that man has disturbed. While you can still clearly see the old roadbeds, most of them are being overgrown with young alders – the only thing that keeps it passable is the quad tracks and periodic pruning of some of the alder sprouts.

Most of the old road is rather protected, but there are a few places where you get a good lookout into the drainage. I saw the lower road at one point, and most of the way you could hear Fish Creek in the distance.

I didn’t see anyone else all day, until I was almost back to the truck, and then saw a lone hiker and a group of horseback riders. As I was hiking back, I saw tracks and droppings, and couldn’t believe I had missed them on the way in – well I didn’t, it was because they came in after me!

An interesting day of exploration in an interesting place.

12/24/2009 – Fish Creek – Calico Road

Date of Hike: 12/24/2009
Location of Hike: Going up the old road up Fish Creek - above the old road 54
Weather during Hike: Sunny but Cold
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 9:00 AM  End Time: 4:00 PM
Hike Distance: 7 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This was a wintertime hike up Fish Creek on a decommissioned road. It is sometimes referred to as the Calico road since (I’m guessing) it goes to Calico Creek.

7/18-7/20/2008 – Fish Creek Backpacking

Date of Hike: 7/18-7/20/2008
Location of Hike: Fish Creek Basin
Weather during Hike: Sunny and warm during the day, cool at night
Hiking Buddies: Larry, Andrew, Alex, Gabe
Hike Distance: ~25 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
This was a hike that I planned for quite some time, and it demonstrated the need to be able to adapt to current conditions. I have hiked up Fish Creek on the old 54 road several times, especially during the winter, since it is a relatively low elevation hike. I have only been able to hike up the road about 5 miles, getting to the second bridge. After some discussion and investigation on the trailadvocate.org website, and hearing others talk of exploring the southern part of the Fish Creek basin, I decided to do a backpacking trip to do some real exploration.
The plan was to head up road 45, and make our way down to the point where the road was closed, and make that the starting point for the trip. I guess it was not to be, since we didn’t get more than 1/2 mile off road 45 (close to the Memaloose Lake turnoff), and there was a HUGE boulder blocking the ENTIRE road. I wish I had gotten a picture of it, since it couldn’t have been more perfectly placed to close the road. Well, this is where the adaptation comes in…..We talked about it, and decided to hike in from the North (the same way I have hiked before), and we hoped that we could get in far enough to see some of the southern areas. We ended up hiking in a little over 6 miles, and camped on the 3rd bridge that crosses Fish Creek. It was about the only place we could find that was reasonably flat. It actually worked out really well, and it was a very pretty area with plenty of water close by.

We ended up making that our base camp, and did a couple day hikes to explore the area a little more. We hiked about another couple miles up the road, and found a beautiful waterfall. It was difficult to see due to the heavy undergrowth, but we did get a pretty good glimpse of it. We went up a little further and decided to turn around.

On Saturday afternoon, I tried to explore the old road that went down Wash Creek. WOW was that a tough hike! The old road has been quickly reclaimed, and lots of it is VERY overgrown and tough to navigate. I only hiked a couple of miles, but I was BEAT. Sometimes I wonder if not being able to get to the southern “trailhead” was a good thing. Maybe it would have been a very difficult bushwhack up from that side. The reports I have seen from people that have been that way say that it isn’t too bad, and that the Wash Creek road is the worst of it. Someday I’d love to see for myself.
On Sunday morning, we decided to hike up the creek from our base camp, trying to get to the falls. It was an interesting trip, with some gorgeous views that you can’t see from anywhere else, but we didn’t make it to the falls. The creek kind of falls into a canyon, and continuing hiking would have been very dangerous, so we turned around and then headed for home.

It was 3 days of hiking in a beautiful area that looks very close to wilderness now. The only reason that the hike up old road 54 is still passable is that ATVs use it, and there is a narrow path they have created. Normally, I don’t like ATVs, but in this case, it is the only thing that is keeping that road open, and I can’t say that is a bad thing.

1/13/2008 – Fish Creek – Old FS Road 54

Date of Hike: 1/13/2008
Location of Hike: Fish Creek - Old FS Road 54
Weather during Hike: Sunny and cool
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 10:30 AM  End Time: 2:00 PM
Hike Distance: 6 miles  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
What a beautiful January day for a hike. The weather was cool (high 30’s, low 40’s), but it was sunny with very few clouds. The plan was to go up fish creek, on what used to be FS road 54 and hopefully get to the second bridge (about 5 miles in). I wanted to be able to test out my new hiking boots (Salomon) and GPS (Garmin 60csx) that I got for Christmas. Well, I didn’t even get to the first bridge, which is about 3-3.5 miles from the start. There was LOTS of snow! anywhere from 4-10″ of pretty soft snow, and I didn’t have snowshoes, so it was pretty tough going. Couple that with the water flow in some of the creeks you have to cross, and it was a difficult day for me and my dog. We ended up turning back at the second creek (the name of the creek-it is actually the 3rd creek you have to cross) crossing. It was running pretty fast and deep. Normally, I take a large tree over the creek, which works great. This time, it was covered it about 6″ of snow, and I didn’t want to slip off of it in the middle. It is about 8′ or so down to the creek. I was getting tired, I had Bodie with me, and my better judgement told me it was time to turn around. So, we ended up doing about 6 miles. It was still a VERY nice trip, and it was wonderful getting out in the woods again. I have to say my boots performed very well (although they were a little stiff), and the GPS did very well, too. You can see the two maps with the overlaid track on them in the pictures. After the hike, I thought I would see if I could get up to see the damage on road 63 where it is closed. Short story – I couldn’t. There is a LOT of snow up there! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snow this low. Highway 224 was plowed to Ripplebrook, and road 46 was semi plowed for about a mile or so. After that, it was kind of plowed. There was one lane, with two tire tracks, with about 2 feet of snow on either side and about 6″ of snow between the tire tracks. I drove up this until just about the Riverside trailhead, and had to turn around. There were 5 or 6 cars and trucks, and it looked like there was either an accident or someone was stuck. I honestly don’t know why someone in a car would go on a road like that. I’m guessing they were trying to get up to Bagby Hot Springs. All in all a very enjoyable day.

1/24/2007 – Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 1/24/2007
Location of Hike: Fish Creek
Weather during Hike: Sunny and cool
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 9:30 AM  End Time: 1:30 PM
Hike Distance: 5  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
Nice hike up along old road 54 which was closed after the ’96 floods. I only made it up to the first bridge, though. A little snow in places, but all in all a very nice winter hike.

Not too much trouble crossing the creeks, but there was quite a bit of water. Got some nice pictures and a video of the creek from the bridge.

On the way back, met a lady with 6 or 7 dogs on the trail. That was an interesting experience, to try and get my dog around them without fighting.

4/5/2006 – Fish Creek

Date of Hike: 4/5/2006
Location of Hike: Fish Creek
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Start Time: 9:15 AM  End Time: 3:00 PM
Hike Distance: 10  
Pictures: Link
Description of Hike:
Left the house about 8:30, got to trailhead about 9:15. Beautiful day, but a little cool when I first started. First real hike with my new GPS-Garmin Gecko 101. Pretty cool to see elevations and how far I’ve gone. When I get back home, I’ll check the coordinates against the maps I have. Stopped for lunch about 11:30 at 4.6 miles (according to my GPS). Got to see sign with old roads/trails at 2nd bridge.

Took a few pictures, but my camera battery didn’t get charged, and I need to buy more batteries for my camcorder…..