Four of us set off in two cars on a perfect July day, perhaps ten degrees cooler than it had been for some time. We arrived at the trailhead around 10:40 am. The hike itself was excellent; the trail goes through a beautiful stand of old growth and follows the bucolic French Pete Creek. We had to ford the stream four times, twice going in and twice coming out. It was a very doable crossing; three of us had water shoes of some kind and the fourth navigated the creek barefoot. It was at most knee deep, about twenty feet across, and very chilly but not bitter cold.
The trail is in pretty good shape, but the further upstream you go the less it has been traversed. Obviously some folks don't want to get their feet wet! We enjoyed lunch at a delightful spot alongside the creek and hiked out without incident. We arrived back at the cars around 4:00. The group agreed that this hike is worth doing again.Members: Don Colgan, Brian Popowsky, Lisa Grissell. Nonmembers: Kathy Marciniak.
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