OR – Hurricane Creek in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

There is nothing quite like photographic enticement as motivation to visit an area. My friend Mary lives near the Wallowa Mountains and frequently blogs about her adventures under The Mountains are Calling.One benefit of networking with fellow adventurers is sharing local knowledge. Mary knew I was still in recovery mode and needed a kind and gentle trail. Although not available to join me, she recommended Hurricane Creek Trail #1807.

Recent snow and fall colors had me giddy at first views. 

I was warned I’d be walking through a bit of old burn. This solo tree was lucky, but looks like a vulnerable lightning rod.

My happy spot. New mountains, new trail, perfect weather, autumn . . .

This fall has been about the larch trees. I’d never had the pleasure of watching them turn from green to golden yellow before shedding their needles. From the Northwest Conifer website:

Larches (Larix)
Unlike most conifers, larches are deciduous, dropping their needles in the fall. The needles grow in bundles like the pines, but they have many more needles per bundle, and each bundle grows on a distinctive little spur twig. Two species of larch grow in the Northwest:
Western Larch (Larix occidentalis) – Grows on the east side of the Cascades.
Alpine Larch (Larix Lyallii) – Grows high in the North Cascades of Washington.

Are you the eagle? 

There was plentiful water along the trail. 

And waterfalls! Love how this one went way back into this narrow canyon with tons of cascading waterfalls and deep blue pools.

This one is called Slick Rock Falls. 

The sound of this waterfall piqued my curiosity enough to warrant a little off-trail exploration. 

As if the trees didn’t keep me sufficiently happy, I found plenty of other colors and textures to keep my eyes busy.

Hike Details:

  • Date Hiked: 10/06/16
  • Mileage: 12+ miles round trip (trail continues for many miles with lots of options)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: approximately 2800′
  • Trail Conditions: Near excellent (gentle grade, no down trees or overgrowth, just a couple semi-technical creek crossings).
  • Solitude: Saw four early birds leaving as I was arriving, and one couple midway through the hike
  • Bugs: None
  • Precip: Intermittent
  • Temp: Chilly and damp
  • Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 4+ cherries (out of 5)

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2 thoughts on “OR – Hurricane Creek in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

  1. Glad you enjoyed it. Next time let me know so I can arrange time off. And a note to others, in the main summer season the first three miles can be pretty busy (for here anyway). After that if you continue you won’t see as many peeps.

  2. Pingback: OR – John Day Fossil Beds National Monument – Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings

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