Sucker Creek Gap Scouting Trip 6-29-18

Photos by Barry and John

I was joined by our newest member, Barry Harris, to scout the Sucker Creek Gap trail. The trailhead is the same as for Azalea Lake. At 2.5 miles you turn right up the hill (well-signed) and climb about 200 feet to the ridge. After that your descend about 800 feet through a mostly forested trail. The trail became more and more narrow near the bottom after a few minor pieces of deadfall.

The trail is largely through heavily forested areas. There were some interesting flowers along the way and we saw a Band-tailed pigeon (according to Barry).

Band-tailed Pigeon Banded Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Banded Pigeon

We had reached the bottom without seeing anything of note other than some very tall trees and an occasional view of Steve Peak across the valley. We were looking for a grove of Brewer Pines but never spotted them. After all of this we came to some very serious deadfall and decided enough was enough. Time for lunch.

The climb back up to the ridge was fairly gradual but a continual ascent for 800 feet. 

Pros of the Hike
Some nice flowers
Nice descent through tall trees
Brief view of Steve Peak

Cons
Not much reward at the objective
800 foot climb after lunch

Conclusion: Not a hike for the Monday schedule but worth a visit for the curious

John

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