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Looking west towards Piney Creek

Looking west towards Piney Creek. Solo backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness, September 2022. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Exploring east along the northern shore of the arm of the lake, I found that two of the ‘hunting’ camps I’d discovered here in 2018 had either been dismantled and removed or had fallen apart and been consumed by the undergrowth.

Back in July 2018…

Unfortunately, the plastic chairs and tarps were still there, four years on, but I have no practical way to pack this trash out.

Leave no trace

It is very scrubby near the shore, but there are several game trails running east-west that make for easier bushwhacking to get to this point. Looking at possible camping spots and assessing the strong wind blowing onshore, I decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and time relocating.

The good news was that the lake here is deep enough for swimming, as I found out by accident.

Standing on the edge of the bluff in about two feet of water, I was just about to push myself off for a swim when I stepped off the edge and went in well over my head! Good. I was looking for deeper water to swim in, and I’d found it.

My new plan for the next day was to return with my chair and some food to enjoy the view and go swimming whenever I got too hot.

Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.