Piney Creek Wilderness

Breakfast – Biscuits and gravy and a cup of coffee.

Day Two Campfire.

Day Two – Piney Creek lakeside vistas. I never tire of the play of light on the trees here. +2

It’s good to be back – Camped in Piney Creek Wilderness. I was last here on a day hike with Katie and Lanie back in April. It’s good to be back and I’m planning on staying for three nights in a repeat of my visit over Independence Day Weekend last year. One-minute read, +2

First glimpse of the lake – but not my first encounter. I checked the lake level before I left, and it was five feet above standard pool. When I was here this time last year, I think it was eleven feet above pool. Anyway, the lake was high enough to have covered the trail in places on the way in. One-minute read

Leave no trace – How NOT to camp in the Wilderness. Got your own land? Go for it, cut down trees, and make as much mess as you like. Public land? Leave no trace, Let’s not trash the wilderness. One-minute read, +3

‘Top-up Creek’ – On my trips to the lake at Piney Creek I almost always stop here to get water. So I’ve decided to name this feeder-creek ‘Top-up Creek.’

Tomfoolery at the trailhead. +2

The end of the hike – Day hike with Katie and Lanie. I took them to my favorite spot in Piney Creek Wilderness. It was an easy 5.5 mile hike with 570ft of elevation, and a nice long lunch stop by the lake.

Dogwoods on the ‘Farm Track Trail’ – Spring is sprung in the Ozarks.

Tomfoolery at the lake. +5

Katie and Lanie – lunch break by the lake. +1

Katie by Lanie.

Gary eating lunch – Day hike at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Lanie’s Selfie – She should know better by now, I’ll publish them all. +1

Gary and the tower at the Pineview Trailhead – Trip over, 14.5 miles hiked, 1,300 ft. climbed, and some downtime by the lake. Just what the Dr. ordered. Now for more of what the Dr. ordered. My COVID-19 vaccination. +1, and three maps

My campsite by Table Rock Lake – It’s a shame my stay was cut short by my COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Camp Table. The stove is on the ground because it is very windy, and the table is sheltering it. +1

My lakeside camp at night – I love this spot.

Clouds – I was hoping for a nice, as in flaming oranges and yellows, sunset. It didn’t happen, but this cloud formation and an otter made up for it. One-minute read

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