Marie/Rockpile Lakes

September 10, 2006

The first part of the hike is the hardest because of the elevation gain, but once you get past the first trail intersection it is a fairly easy walk. The trails are in good condition and the signage is adequate. The bug populations are down in September although we did notice a lot of hornets. A couple of people went for a swim at Rockpile Lake claiming the water was brisk but refreshing. The bushwhack from Marie Lake to the lower trailhead is doable. Just follow the outlet drainage keeping a lookout for the trail crossing the creek (dry this time of year). At Marie Lake we saw quite a few California tortoise shell butterflies (thanks to Melody for that information). Most of us were amazed at the garter snake we saw devouring a salamander that was gigantic compared to the pencil sized snake swallowing it. On the drive south of Hills Creek Reservoir there is some construction going on. Be ready to slow down!

Members: La Ree Beckley, Paul Brown, Jim Clarkson, Melody Clarkson, Walt Dolliver, Giselle Garrily, Daphne James and J. Scott Hovis, leader. Nonmembers: Justin Erkess, Renee Klein and Teri Scheshinger.


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