Brice Creek/Trestle Creek Falls

June 8, 2008

A perfect pleasantly warm sunny day. We felt very lucky considering it has rained every day as far back as anyone can remember, and then it resumed raining the day after the hike. Starting at the upper Brice Creek trailhead, the hikers in front set a lively pace, and we quicky climbed 900 feet to reach Upper Trestle Creek Falls, which is incredible with all the rain and snowmelt. Next we hiked to Lower Trestle Creek Falls, then back down to the main trail for a leisurly lunch at the bridge. We continued at a post-lunch pace five miles down to the lower trailhead and our shuttle car. On the way we stopped at a beautiful summer swim hole and lounged like sea lions on the rocks. A few of us momentarily put a foot or hand in the frigid, raging river. Throughout the day, we identified lots of flowers, not necessarily correctly, but to our satisfaction. We saw some wildlife: newts, butterflies, dogs. This was my very first hike as a leader, so I was especially grateful to have such a friendly, fun group. Our group of 11 included non-members Art Kearney, Ernst Schwintzer, Sandor Lau, and members Laurie Funkhouser, Charlie Van Deusen, Valerie Metcalfe, Mel Zavodsky, Jim Fritz, Pat Hutchins, Marianne Camp, and Chrissy Anderson, leader.

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