|And we're off.....again.|
......a little jeopardy music please........
Ok, April was the snow hindered version of the Fish Lake Trail. But since this was the first day of September, we felt confident there would be no snow to hinder our hike this time. Miracle of miracles, we were right!
We started the hike at the pullout by the North Fork Campground along the North Fork of the Little Butte Creek. The first part of the trail follows along the river and offered great views of this beautiful little creek. We were treated to views of both the slow and fast segments of the creek which included logs across the water which provided great picture taking views. This very scenic portion also seems to be the quickest part of the trail at just 0.6 miles. We did however take an off-trail detour up to the top of the Fish Lake Dam (which is where the creek begins) for a better view of the surrounding area before hiking on.
|North Fork Little Butte Creek. Fish Lake Dam in background.|
|One of the slower portions of the creek....great for flyfishing.|
|Beautiful thistle bloom|
|View of Fish Lake from the trail. Brown Mountain in the left background.|
|One of the Herons posing for a picture|
We applied ice from our water bottles and use an ice packet from our first aid kit to relieve some of the pain, then made a quick beeline (no pun intended) back to the trailhead at the North Fork Campground in record time. Carol is fine and recovering, just not eager to see another yellow jacket for a while.
We enjoyed (for the most part) getting out and hiking again and have now hiked as many miles as last year (the most we have hiked) with four months of hiking to go. Here we come 200 miles. But one thing is for sure, we won't soon forget our 2013 hikes along the Fish Lake Trail!!!
Glenn & Carol