Gary – Hike finished and a tad damp

Gary – Hike finished and a tad damp – For the second time, my hike of the Big Piney Trail ends with rain. But I don’t mind with two nights out on the trail, over twenty-three miles hiked, 2,116 ft of elevation under my belt, and the last of trails in the Paddy Creek Wilderness hiked, it’s been a good weekend.

Stopped for lunch

Stopped for lunch

Lunch Break on the Big Piney Trail

Lunch Break on the Big Piney Trail – here I am, sheltering from the rain by some small falls, while I have a cup of tea and heat up my lunch. +1

Who Lives in a house like this?

Who Lives in a house like this? The last time I came by this refuse/swill collector, I didn’t take a picture of the occupant as I didn’t want to spoil the surprise. This time around, though, I didn’t have any such concerns. +1

The light at the end of the tunnel

The light at the end of the tunnel – Paddy Creek Wilderness Day Three.

Ready to go

Ready to go – all packed up and ready for the five-mile hike back to the parking lot. Once again there is rain in the forecast on the final day of my hike.

Hot chocolate and enjoying the view

Hot chocolate and enjoying the view. +1

Camped above Little Paddy Creek

Camped above Little Paddy Creek – Paddy Creek Wilderness Day Three. +1

Paddy Creek

Paddy Creek – Three-fifteen, and I’d only just crossed Paddy Creek. With a long way to go, I stopped just long enough to fill up with water and take a picture.

View from the Slabtown Overlook

View from the Slabtown Overlook – Paddy Creek Wilderness Day Two. +5

Bones

Bones – I say it every winter. I love this time of year when the bones of the land are laid bare. Paddy Creek Wilderness Day Two. November 2020.

Frosty Morning at Paddy Creek Wilderness

Frosty Morning at Paddy Creek Wilderness – Eight o’clock and the sun hasn’t reach my hammock yet. Paddy Creek Wilderness Day Two. +2

It was a tad chilly out last night

It was a tad chilly out last night – I was nice and cozy though. Too hot at one point. The night’s low was 26°F. Colder than forecast, but not unexpected.

Setting up camp at dusk

Setting up camp at dusk – The sky is so light because the nearly full moon has already risen.

Little Paddy Creek on the short cut between the South & North Loops

Little Paddy Creek on the short cut between the South & North Loops. Incorrect maps, and assisting some misplaced riders. Three-minute read, +3

Pine trees by the Big Piney Trail

Pine trees by the Big Piney Trail – The climb up from Little Paddy Creek to the ridge is some three-hundred feet. Unlike some of the other climbs on this trail, it is a fairly gentle ascent. One-minute read

Creek Crossings and horse traffic

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. +1

The curious image of the rock-eating tree

What a mouthful – I suspect the tree will win in the end. Paddy Creek Wilderness Day One. November 2020.

On the edge

On the edge – Not the longest drop along the ridge, but the trees help give the picture a more vertigo-inducing look. It’s probably only 60-80 feet.

Little Paddy Creek Scenic Overlook

Little Paddy Creek Scenic Overlook – It took me an hour to get to the ridge that drops down to Little Paddy Creek. I was so busy trying to make up for lost time, that I didn’t realize I’d arrived at the ridge until the appearance of a fire ring prompted me to take better notice of my surroundings. +2

Getting started

Getting started – It was good to be back on the trail. +1

Roby Lake parking lot

Roby Lake parking lot – The Annual Diocesan Convention (the work project that has been keeping me busy for the past three months) and Thanksgiving are over. There’s a break in the weather, and I can spend two-and-a-half days backpacking.