I enjoy hiking in the Coastal Mountains. It is verdant and beautiful country.
On the first day of spring I drove almost to the crest of the Coastal Range, parking at the Gales Creek Forest Camp.
Several years ago the Gales Creek Trail was repaired and reopened. But, keeping the trail open is an endless task. The area continues to suffer many washouts and blowdowns.
Most of the trail is at or near the bottom of the deep Gales Creek Canyon. After the first six miles, the next mile is fairly steep as it climbs out of the headbasin to the summit at Bell Camp Road.
There were many trilliums in bloom along the trail, and a few wood sorrel, toothworts and stream violets. On the downside, I endured 6 1/2 hours of non-stop rain.
Because of the immense amount of rainfall this winter, there were many streams to ford. At several of the locations there were eye-catching waterfalls to see.
After taking a break at Bell Camp Road, it was time to return to the trailhead.
A very wet, but superb way to spend a day.