November 8, 2020
With Autumn in all it's glory due to colder temps and rain/snow, we took Katie and ventured out to the Elk Creek trail just past Shady Cove. It is one of our favorite Autumn hikes and today provided many of the reasons that it is.
|One of the frosty bridges to start our hike|
|Elk Creek with a reflection|
When we started our hike it was a brisk 38 degrees but the sun was out (most of the time) along with blue skies (most of the time). We started at the Yellow Rock TH and began by crossing two frost covered bridges before accessing the paved Elk Creek trail.
|Autumn colors in the distance with a dusting of snow.|
|One of the shaded hillsides dusted with snow|
|Cows grazing at the trailhead|
|Curious cows along the trail|
The surrounding mountains had a dusting of snow, autumn yellow and red coloring, and many portions of the paved trail were covered in leaves. Portions were also covered with cow pies and we soon found the cows who were just as curious about us as we were of them.
|Glenn and Katie pause near Seven Mile Bend|
|Pinecones on evergreens still abound|
|What a view!|
|The fallen leaves of Autumn|
We hiked out to the Seven Mile Bend area along Elk Creek and took side trails a couple of times to see the creek, then looped around to hike the road back to the TH for 8.5 miles. We did get to see a Golden Eagle and a pair of Bald Eagles on the hike out.
|A leaf dam along Elk Creek|
|The Glory of Autumn!|
|Autumn yellow along Elk Creek|
For Katie this was a dream hike --- no leash, dip in Elk Creek 3 times, chase a squirrel, see cows, and roll in the frost/snow. She slept all afternoon when we got home and probably dreamed that she caught the squirrel.
|Katie says "what a hike!"|
It was a beautiful hike and hopefully we will get to enjoy many more Autumns along Elk Creek. On the way home we got Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches at the Picnic Basket Deli in Shady Cove (located inside the Shady Cove Fly Shop) and tried some Buffalo Meat Sliders from the new Bison Junction store in Shady Cove. Maybe we napped with Katie in the afternoon too, but we're not telling.
Glenn and Carol