7.2 mi, 1000 ft. Explore Trapper Creek Wilderness Area's old growth groves, wildflowers and waterfalls, then stop at Government Mineral Springs to taste its natural soda water and take in its history. We'll take the Trapper Creek Trail to the Deer Cutoff Trail, then do a short loop back along the creek amidst majestic trees, snags and fallen logs on Trapper Creek Trail.
Although the elevation gain/loss is not great on this trip, there are steep, exposed drop-offs and at least two unbridged stream crossings--so poles are highly recommended. It's powerful to gaze into the canopy of the ancient trees and even more powerful to walk amongst them and contemplate their secrets..
As is common on my hikes, share your knowledge of local natural or cultural history--so do some homework. I'll share mine too, so this trip will go at a moderate pace with stops for interpretation and photos.
Dogs are not allowed--except for service dogs. PLEASE READ About Mary's Trips in this Meetup's Files under "More" BEFORE you sign up. Call Mary at[masked] (land line) with questions.
Dress in quick-drying layers--no jeans or other cotton. Bring lunch, water, rain gear, poles, and other 10 + 4 Essentials for safe hiking (see Files under More). Suggested $12-15 for drivers, $2-3 voluntary donation for Sierra Club's Leader Training program and money for an optional stop on the way home.
See some photos from my scope out trip at https://picasaweb.google.com/106071839305431681738/TrapperCreekTrail.
Please sign up for the waiting list and watch it as folks often cancel at the last minute or don't show up at all.
From “The Forest Lover” by Susan Vreeland--historical fiction about the life of Canadian painter, Emily Carr
As she began to paint, she saw rhythm in the tree’s repeated forms, in the upward reach of the trunk furrows, its bare hanging withes reaching down, its laden boughs tangled with those of other trees. In one sweep she united the branches into a mantle of cedars. Her swinging arm became a swoop of greenery, boughs from adjacent trees breathing into each other, supporting each other, all one.
. . .Right before her eyes she saw something. The more she entered into the life of the tree, as one breath moving in and out like the tide, one heart-drum beating, the more alive her work became. Oh, the joy of it! pp[masked]
I'll bring a couple more quotes to set the mood for tomorrow's trip too. The forecast is 72 F and sunny so if the group is amenable, we can take a few minutes for reflection and quiet time in the forest.
Bring your NW Forest Pass, Senior Pass, or money to pay for a day pass ($5.00)