|CSO Owners, Steve & Miranda, at the trailhead|
Unfortunately, the stinging nettle would continue to be a theme throughout the day as we would encounter several smaller patches of nettle throughout the trail. We would also find many, many down trees across the trail. Many of these trees had recently fallen in one of the severe storms the area experienced. Most of these trees were quite large and required a detour off trail to work your way around the fallen trees. In some cases, we had to climb up and over the fallen trees. In some portions of the trail, there were so many downed trees that "trail running" became nearly impossible. You could only run for about a hundred yards before encountering another fallen tree.
|Steve surveying one of the many large fallen trees and trying to locate the trail.|
|Miranda climbing over another one of the clusters of trees blocking the trail|
|Steve climbing through yet another large cluster of trees|
Along the way we would encounter several locations that had been used throughout the years by backpackers as their campsite for the evening. These were primitive sites, but a couple of them had included fire rings constructed of native stones. One campsite location was also equipped with a table that had artfully been constructed of flat stones. (Note: This is a wilderness area, so impacts to the environment, including moving stones, should be kept to a minimum and avoided whenever possible).
|Steve checking out one of the campsites, which included a rock "table"|
|Miranda taking a quick break under a few hemlock trees along one of the many beautiful sections of the trail.|
|Steve running through a large patch of ferns along the trail|