Salt Creek Falls
March 4, 2006
A perfect day for an outing. . . bright, sunny day, but not too warm. . . 2-3 inches of new powder clinging to the trees and cliffs. Thirteen hardy snowshoers.
The drive from SEHS to Salt Creek Falls took 90 minutes including the rest stop at Green Waters Park. After a warm-up hike to gaze at cascading Salt Creek Falls, we started the trek at 10:00. The trail was well packed except for the fresh new snow. The snow covered trees were a special treat. The canyon overlooks especially scenic. Various animal tracks in the fresh snow quizzical. The fallen trees across the trail merely temporary obstacles.
With all the stops we took 75 minutes to reach the Diamond Creek Falls overlook. The cascading sheets glistened in the bright sunshine. The trail to the base of the falls had fallen logs and ice, so we passed. Lunch was 30 minutes and we were getting chilled. The hike back, with fewer side trips, took less than an hour. We celebrated with hot cocoa, cider and tea. . . then cruised back to SEHS by 2:30.
Outnumbered members were: Ann-Marie Askew, Paul Flashenberg, Sherwood Jefferies, Margaret Malsch, Jim Pierce (Leader), and Glen Svendsen (Sweep). Soon-to-be-members included Jane Allen, Susan Deal, Jennifer DiFrancesco, Debbie Hibbard, Ernestine (Ernie) Mackey, Alan Ott, and John Potwora.