Brice Creek

May 1, 2010

The original plan was to use a car shuttle and walk downstream from the upper trailhead for a hiking distance of 8.5 miles, but with just seven hikers, a car shuttle was not practical. So we chose Plan B which was to still start at the upper trailhead, take the loop route to Upper Falls, walk downstream for a distance and then come back to the upper trailhead using the lower trail. Since there had been some heavy rain the previous five days, we were rewarded for the efforts of a steep climb to Upper Falls with a thunderous waterfall, one of the heaviest flows I have seen. We paused to enjoy the sight, then walked behind the falls and continued on down the hill. We walked downstream until we reached Lund Park, where we stopped to have an early lunch. Since it had been a little cool and drizzly, we enjoyed our lunch in the sun and a momentary break from the light rain. After lunch we continued downstream for about a mile, enjoying the calypso orchids and the remaining trillium as we walked. When we reached a high point of the trail and a good view of the creek, we decided this was a good turn around point. On the way back, some of us took a side trip to Trestle Creek Falls. It too, was a torrent of water and we paused to take pictures. Enjoying a 6.5 mile hike were Obsidians: Daniele Delaby, Carol Petty, Sarah Praskievicz, Suzanne Steussy and Chuck Wagar and non-member Kathy Wilkowski. Leader: Joanne Ledet

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