Started out overcast and changed to rain around 11:30, about 30 minutes later than forecast. High in the mid 40s.
We left the shuttle car at the Union Creek parking area since Jim wasn't hiking with us today and we had decided to apres at Beckie's.
To avoid the Flat Creek ford we decided to bushwhack along the contour over to NF 300 to use the bridge over Flat Creek and then to head down Flat Creek Road to another bushwhack back to the trail. Neither bushwhack was especially enjoyable and the voting at Beckie's was to just do the ford next time.
We had a couple of interesting loop de loops on the bushwhack which I think were caused by poor satellite reception. We had to walk a bit to see where we were on the track and ended up going around some of the same large stumps more than once.
Nice color from the dogwoods, big leaf maples and ferns. Too bad there wasn't any sun to light them up.