Twin Creek – Blind Hollow, 8 July 2017
Five hikers climbed the Twin Creek Forest Service road at a steady pace under sunny skies and already hot temperatures. We encountered one mountain biker, one ultrarunner, and came upon a sheep camp with two horses tied up and several stock dogs “fiercely” guarding the camp.
There were many biting flies on this portion of the hike. A short way before we reached Bubble Springs, we stopped for an early lunch at a nice shady grove of Douglas fir (with many logs to sit on).
Laurel reported that the section of trail just past Bubble Springs was made into a road last year but it is closed to vehicle traffic by a boulder barricade.
We then left the road and took the short cutoff trail to Hansen Pond and the Blind Hollow trail. We encountered a tree that had fallen across the path that was hung up in such a way to provide a hobby- horse bouncy experience. We all took a turn!
We encountered many briskly flowing small streams, springs, butterflies, and wildflowers. The undergrowth was lush with more flowers about to bloom. There was water flowing on and many small streams crossing the trail much of the way down. Interestingly, there were no biting flies on the Blind Hollow Trail.
Thanks to Susan for the narrative and photos, and Stephanie for photos.