French Pete Creek

February 16, 1983

Four of us began the trek up French Pete about 9:35 a.m. on a lovely Wednesday morning. Altho we had some rain on the drive up, the day turned to scattered clouds and sunshine. It made the hike up the creek very enjoyable as the sunbeams danced on the freshly washed foliage. At noon we stopped at a small camp spot, and after lunch we decided to hike out altho we could have spent more time exploring the trail. My guesstimate is that we went about 3½ miles so all in all, we had a good seven mile walk. The trail was in very good condition, altho a little muddy here and there; bridges were a bit slick because of wet leaves; and above the second bridge we found a stream cascading down the trail for several yards. There was also one place where we had to cross rocks where the main trail had been gouged out and in another place we had to duck under branches forming a bower where a small tree had fallen. Several small unbridged side streams were full enough and deep enough that we couldn’t wade them—so we did some fancy rock and log jumping. We were back to the car by 2:30 p.m.

We hoped to see the small band of elk that we had seen on the drive in about a mile from the main highway, but they had moved out of view during the few hours we had been observing French Pete.

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day, however, we did need to keep moving to be comfortably warm, so didn’t dally over lunch too long. Trail trodders were Avram Farber, Gladys Grancorvitz, Suzanne Steussy & leader Lois Schreiner.

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