Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday hike—East Fork of Alder Creek

Wayne picked a nearly windless trail.  It was hard to believe the weather on Dec. 8—50ºF, sunny, and no snow up to 10,000'.  Life is good, but water is scarce.  This trail was unusually rocky—the only drawback.  Good views southward toward Del Norte Peak.  Four miles round trip.
Forecasts suggest that next Monday's hike will be shy of snow, too.  We'll see you before 10 a.m. at South Fork Visitor Center. 
[If you see snow stacked high (feet, not inches), bring your snowshoes.]
Eleven hikers found a flat spot to park and headed up the trail. Out front here is Cathy McCurdy, an experienced hiker joining us.

Scenery of rocks and limber pines


One of those limber pines


Mountain-mahogany and it's fall regeneration equipment.


Tis a rocky and steep trail, Tim got back in high-altitude shape


Then he found a lunch spot.


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