As the year is closing out, we looked back at the hikes we've done this year and realized that very few were "new" hikes, ones that we had never done before. So with Glenn getting a rare day off and no rain in the forecast, we took Katie and headed out to the Applegate Valley to hike not just one, but two new trails.
|Time for a new hike!|
|It was cold, but sometimes that adds to the beauty of a hike.|
|Old rusted & abandoned truck at the half mile mark.|
|Leaf covered trail.|
We were treated again to the trail of leaves which were interrupted at times by groupings of bright green ferns and mixed with various large moss covered trees. When we came to the trail intersection with the Felton Memorial trail, we took a left turn and headed out on this 1.5 mile trail.
|On to the next new trail.|
|Lots of bright green ferns|
|The Felton Memorial plaque|
This trail offered a little more variety as the trail had ups and downs and wound itself around various ridges and canyons. Once we arrived at the memorial, we took a few minutes to enjoy the silence and refuel for the hike back. The memorial is to three BLM workers who died in a helicopter crash at this location while doing a logging operation in 1993.
|View along the Felton Memorial trail|
|Loop portion of Enchanted Forest trail -- where's the forest?|
Once back to the Enchanted Forest trail, we turned off and hiked the loop portion back to the trailhead. It featured another meadow area that will probably be full of wildflowers in the spring.
|Looking up at all the trees along the trail|
Glenn & Carol
P.S. Other blogs about these two trails were done by Boots on the Trail, the Oregonator, and the Wanderingyanucks.