Elk Creek Trail 10-30-17

Photos by Bob, Dan and Rich

Monday started off like this... We are your leaders, we are totally confused, follow us! We had a last minute schedule change due to poor road conditions in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. But we forgot to change the start time, so part of the group was ready to go at 8:30, but the bigger part of the group was meeting at Rite Aid at 9:00 am. What to do? Luckily for Rich, Bob and Tracy were cool, calm, and collected. They agreed to lead the second group up Elk Creek Rd to meet up with the early risers at the Homestead trail head. Hooray!

So at about 10 am we started our hike under sopped in skies. Bundled up with temps in the 40s. Immediately we came upon a carpet of golden oak leaves covering the trail. As we continued the fog and clouds gave way to the sun and we had a beautiful day in the 60s. The sun through the leaves still on the trees made for a spectacular Fall day. Lots of free range cattle mooed at us and got out of the way.

Sixteen hikers walked down through Elk Creek Park to our lunch spot after crossing several bridges. We enjoyed our leisurely lunch then continued down the trail to view the "notched" dam across Elk Creek. We explored the dam and the creek. And Mike Sanson saw a three plus foot salmon splashing in the creek. Hooray!

All told we hiked about 9 miles in the park and had a wonderful time. Topped off by a visit to Phil's Frosty on our way back to Ashland.

Welcome back to hikers we hadn't seen on the trail in awhile.

Rich Stickle

Ashland Hiking Home

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