As followers of my blog know, I enjoy hiking in the Coastal Mountains. It is verdant and beautiful country.
In early June I returned to the trailhead at Gales Creek Forest Camp. You may remember several weeks ago I did the Storey Burn Loop from this trailhead and unfortunately encountered many trailrunners engaged in a 50K race.
This time I followed the Gales Creek Trail all the way to a trailhead on Bell Camp Road on the crest of the Coastal Mountains, roughly seven miles from the start. Along the way I met one mountain biker, and two lost hikers. Thankfully, I was able to reorient the hikers so they could successfully return to the trailhead almost five miles to the south.
To my delight, there were many spotted coral root orchids in bloom along the upper trail. There were also several tall wispy waterfalls along the way.
A superb way to enjoy 6 1/2 hours on a pleasant spring day.