|Rick's hiking companions|
|The "chute" to the top of Lees|
|Lakes Basin from top of Lees|
Friday, August 26: Copper Creek Falls
See pictures from these hikes HERE
Rick worked hard during the three days of teacher inservice this week so we could take off on Friday for a hike together. Since we hadn't been up to Boulder Park all summer and Rick wanted to do a little fishing anyway, I suggested the 5.5 mile round trip hike to Copper Creek Falls and then fishing at Two Color Campground on Eagle Creek. Whatever we did - we had to get out of the valley and the forecasted 95-98 degrees! It was warm enough up in the mountains!
|Rick and Ging in front of Copper Creek Falls|
It is late in the year to make this wonderful wildflower hike, but we still are treated to a few hardy survivors of the summer: paintbrush, purple asters, cow parsnip, a few monkeyflowers along creeks, mariposa lilies by Copper Creek Falls, mountain bluebells, larkspur, pussytoes, yarrow, and fields of what I think is horsemint. We also pass evidence of several fierce avalanches in recent winters: debris, broken trees, etc.
|Meadow areas as you approach Copper Cr Falls|
Once at Copper Creek and the lower falls, we decide to hike UP the cliffs as I have never been to the top (and you can't see it from the bottom!) It is a good little climb, but worth it. We finally arrive at a narrow little draw with deep pools and small cascades - the lull before the water pours over the edge with a flurry! A good amount of water in the face helps cool us down!
|Rick cools off fishing in Eagle Creek|
|Ginger enjoying the creek.|
Another great opportunity to enjoy God's creation together and wind up our summer!