Nov 27, 2020Creek Crossings and horse traffic

Little Paddy Creek – Looking upstream – southwest. Paddy Creek Wilderness Day One. November 2020. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Once you get to the bottom of the ridge, there are two creek crossings before the climb up the other side of the hollow begins. The second (below) is where I stopped for lunch on my first hike around the Big Piney Trail. This time I didn’t want to waste any time stopping for lunch, so I carried straight on without a pause.

Coming down the last bit of the ridge trail I was overtaken by a group of riders, which would be of no consequence if it were not for the fact that I was going to meet the same group again on the trail tomorrow.

Climbing up out of the hollow I was overtaken by another four riders and their dog. A lot of hikers complain about the horses and how they cut up the trail. I don’t have any problem with them. Yes, they do churn up the trail, but they also keep a lot of otherwise less traveled trails open. And for that, I can forgive the occasional poor trail conditions. This particular group I was going to meet up with a few more times before I got to camp for the night. More on that later.

Small feeder creek, looking downstream – This is the spot where I stopped for lunch during my last visit. Paddy Creek Wilderness Day One. November 2020. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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