Parks Creek TH to Bluff Lake Overlook 10-28-19

Photos by Bob, Jerry and Linda - Track by Jerry

A cool but sunny day was forecast and that was what we found on arrival, although a bit warmer than forecast. 17 hikers had bought into my sales pitch and were eager to go. The scenery was outstanding as we marched the 5 miles. Out of the wind we were able to shed our coats. I gave the option to descend to Bluff Lake and 3 hardy hikers accepted, led by Francie who had done it before. 

The rest of us continued to Cement Bluff and had a windy and cold lunch, bringing out the jackets again. The views of Bluff Lake below and Mount Eddy were outstanding. The 3 adventurers did a quick down and back, had their lunch as we departed Cement Bluff, and caught up along the way. The jackets came off again and it was a beautiful day. I set a fast pace on the excellent trail and we covered the 5 miles back in quick time. 

It was agreed by all that this hike is a keeper and will be in the Monday repertoire. I will be going back with my scouting team to investigate a) an alternate way of doing the hike one way, using a shuttle car, and b) a second possible hike to Bull Lake, either using the shuttle or direct from a TH on Road 17. There may be another very good hike there. 

John

Track download: Parks Creek TH to Bluff Lake. gpx

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