Zig Zag/Hall Creek Trails 1/24/16

Hall Creek Falls
Hall Creek Falls

This is a pretty nice waterfall and it doesn’t require much of a hike to enjoy.  It is not far from the trailhead.

Today, we only did about four miles round trip, but what a trip.  As before, there were no tracks to follow.  No one had gone as far on this trail since the snow.  No doubt they gave up when the blow downs started:

Climbing over blowdown
Climbing over blow down

Not too far from here we were compelled to turn around, as it changed from ‘lots of trees across the trail’ to ‘the trail has been trashed by an avalanche’.

We were a bit short of our goal, but looking at the Garmin gps track (see below for the link) we can see we were pretty much on the right track.  Just too tough to navigate over what is left after an avalanche.

Plenty of nice sights along the way:

View from the Trail
View from the Trail
Looking northwest
Looking northwest
Mossy rest spot
Mossy rest spot
Clouds, Snow, Forest
Clouds, Snow, Forest

One odd sight was a tree, covered with spikes and sawed off.  Did loggers long ago drive in the spikes to kill it?  Or what?

Punctured and mangled
Punctured and mangled

We really want to do this trail again with no snow.  It was really deep and we were post holing up above our thighs at some points, so it was a bit enervating chugging along.  But once you are up there, we are confident the maps don’t lie, and there are plenty of connections to old logging roads and unofficial trails.

http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/djhiker/zig-zag-and-hall-creek/#.VqVflZXlupo

 

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