Smithfield Canyon Hike, September 29, 2012
Smithfield Canyon usually is a pleasant hike, and this was no
exception. Jim led the way as we enjoyed great weather and
colorful fall foliage. Six people participated; Terry, Jim ,
Denis, Dave P., Dave W., and Jane.
We carpooled to the trailhead, a 40-minute trip that, in spite of some recent repair work,
included several miles of rough canyon road. About a mile
into the hike we came to the improvised stream crossing where the
trail washed out after the wet winter of 2010-2011. The low
late-summer water level made for uneventful stream crossings as we
hiked past the Grotto and started up the switchbacks. As
with previous trips, the trail is in poor condition around the 3
mile mark as it traverses along an open west-facing slope.
We were pleased to see the recent logging activity around mile
3.75, since large logs across the trail here had been a problem
for several years. We reached the ridge overlooking
Cottonwood Canyon, ate lunch, and enjoyed a leisurely and colorful
trip back down to the trailhead.
An improvised crossing over Summit Creek
Our turn-around point on the Smithfield Canyon - Cottonwood
Brilliant fall colors
Hiking back down Smithfield Canyon with Naomi Peak in the
Smithfield Canyon GPS track