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Spring Hollow Hike, August 31, 2014

Seven Cache Hikers took the hike up Spring Hollow: Jill, Fan, Liujun, Dave W, Jane, Kathy, and Dave P (leader). Overnight rain had cleared and cool temperatures made ideal weather for the climb.

We observed fossil crinoid stem segments, brachiopod shells, worm tracks, and, near the ridge, corals. Many berries and other fruits were observed and some sampled during the hike, including raspberry, thimbleberry, currant, chokecherry, and serviceberry.

We arrived at the head of Spring Hollow, near the road to Logan peak, at 12:30, and started lunch. While scouting for a place to sit down, Jill and Fan found some large horn coral fossils. Dave W found an antique snow depth pole.

Clouds came over during lunch, making cool conditions for sweaty hikers who did not have an extra jacket. Two chilled hikers started back early to warm up and two hung back to take pictures, but we kept in touch with radios and all were reunited before the last steep section down to the spring.

Trip Summary:

  • Started hiking about 8:30 arrived at upper end about 12:30 and back to Logan by 4:15
  • Cloudy and chilly while we were on top, sunny and warm otherwise
  • The trail followed an old logging road much of the way (steep in places - up to 20% grade)
  • Trail ends without connecting to the Inspiration Point road or the new road to Logan Peak
  • 10.5 miles hiking with 3600 feet of elevation gain

Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and photos, Fan for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS work

 

Trailhead

At the Cache Hikers sign!

Well-built

Hiking along the old logging road

Map Sign

A home-made sign showing trail connections

Hikers

Along the trail, overlooking Spring Hollow

Sign

Sign in tree near the end of the trail

Snow Course

Old snow course marker near our lunch spot

Coral

Horn coral fossil

Coral

Horn coral fossil

Elderberry

Blue elderberry (good)

Thimbleberry

Thimbleberry (tasty)

MtnAsh

Mountain ash (for the birds)

Raspberry

Raspberry (excellent!)

Fairybells

Fairy bells (said to be edible, but mealy and tasteless)

Current

Currant (good)

Chokecherry

Chokecherry (an acquired taste)

Baneberry

Baneberry (poisonous!)

Goldeneye

Showy Goldeneye

Hollyhock

Mountain hollyhock

Zauchneria

Zauchneria

Aerial view

The trail ends at the old, abandoned road to Logan Peak. This aerial view shows the current situation.

GPS

Our GPS track showed 10.5 miles with 3600 feet of elevation


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