Fall Creek Trail

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Mid-day I came to the edge of the wildfire patch. This tree had partial-cut boundary tags (as opposed to a clear-cut) on it. Based on their state, I’m guessing they were there before the fire. It makes me wonder if the cutting was the source of ignition. Also note that the reddish-brown patches of bark are the original color. The rest of it is burned to that black color:

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There were a lot of standing logs in this area.

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Unfortunately, the trail dumped into a parking area in the middle of this burned area. This is where Road 18 crosses the trail, so I was about 3.5 miles in at this point. I was unable to find where the trail picked up again on the other side, nor could I find a fork in the trail anywhere nearby. So I admitted defeat and headed back.

Looking at the map now, I see that all I needed to do was cross the creek at the bridge that was there and the rest of the trail was just off the road. How did I miss that?

When you add in all the side trips and looking for the trail in the burned area, my round trip mileage was 8.31 miles. Not as far as I would have liked, but a good walk nevertheless. A KMZ file with my track is available here, if you want to load it into Google Earth and see where I went. You can even see the burn, since the satellite imagery was taken this last summer.

This was the end of my hike, but please continue to the next page – there is more…

2 Comments:

  1. Oh, I want to do that hike!

  2. Beautiful trail, Tim. I love the water shots.

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