Crabtree Valley

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Leader: Darko Sojak
Hike: 6 miles, 900 ft (Moderate)

Twelve happy hikers enjoyed good weather at lush Crabtree Valley. Anna, the youngest hiker, counted 35 newts swimming in the lake. After lunch on the lake, we were happy to find and hug a huge fir named “Nefertiti” and a fantastic vista over Waterdog Meadow. Peter pointed out and identified lush vegetation. Mark, Jim and Nancy cleaned the lakeshore and trail from beer cans and trash. On the way back we had an unsuccessful attempt to find one of the oldest known douglas firs, “King Tut”. Our bushwhacking through a swamp of Devil’s Club and Skunk Cabbage finished when Jim sank knee deep in mud. We never reached big King Tut. Our planned 3.6 mile trip stretched to 6 miles according to Holger’s GPS. Afterwards, the happy group stopped at Brownsville for ice cream.

Members: Sojak, Darko, Whitfield, Nancy, Whitfield, Jim, Krentz, Holger, Hildreth, Dick, Rust, Cindy, Graham, Peter, Graham, Kitson, Hougardy, Christiane, Hougardy, Mark, Hougardy, Anna. Nonmembers: Sojak, Carolyn.

Admiring Crabtree Valley—photo by Darko Sojak
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