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.
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:
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.
- 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)
- USFS – Hurricane Creek Trailhead
- USFS – District Office, Joseph, OR