The scheduled trip to the North Fork upper trailhead could not be completed as the Aufderheide was closed due to fire activity before the trailhead. So we flipped the hike to the lower trailhead (Sullivan #79). We covered the 3.3 miles suggested by Sullivan very quickly, so decided to continue up the trail to find a good lunch spot for a turn-around. We hiked another 1-1 1/2 miles and found a nice riverside lunch stop. Then we turned around and proceeded back to the trailhead. It was estimated we covered 9 miles plus in total.
The hike proceeded through a typical Doug fir/hemlock forest. The trees were relatively small compared to the upper trail as extensive logging had occurred into the 1930s. It was very beautiful hiking within sight of the river on a trail which only about 4-500 feet of elevation gain. Temperature was just right for hiking, under cloudy skies, with a threat of showers, which never materialized.Members: Dan Christensen, Frank Lulich, David Hawkins, Jorry Rolfe, Meg Kieran, Greg Milliman. Nonmembers: Kathie Carpenter.
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