Today was the day to hike Enloe Creek Trail. I had not been looking forward to this trail for a couple of reasons. The first reason was Hyatt Ridge Trail. This was the trail we did last week that I declared the worst in the park. The second reason was crossing Enloe Creek. I had heard that the footbridge was out and it would be a wet crossing.
|We saw some very fine trail building on the first section of Enloe Creek Trail|
We stopped to take a short break at the top of the ridge at the Enloe Creek Trail junction. The trail drops off the ridge and down to Raven Fork. The trail is similar to Hyatt Ridge Trail in that it is wide, relatively steep, and heavily used by horses. As we descended, the roar of Raven Fork was almost deafening. Raven Fork is mighty water--fast moving and pretty deep for a creek. A steel foot bridge spans Raven Fork high above water level.
Just on the other side of the bridge is backcountry campsite 47. This is a very small camp with room for only 2 or 3 tents. A retired couple from Michigan were just finishing up breakfast when we arrived. We chatted with them for a few minutes then began our climb to the junction with Hughes Ridges where Enloe Creek Trail terminates.
|A waterfall on Enloe Creek far below the trail.|
|Looking for a rock hop|
The trail junction sign at Hughes Ridge was a welcome sight. I spread out my poncho and got out of those boots. During our long lunch break they actually started to dry some.
Since we were doing this hike as an out and back, we got to cross Enloe Creek on our return trip. The second crossing didn’t take nearly as long. We knew there was no way to stay dry so we just plowed right on in. The opposite bank offered several rocks to sit on so we could empty our boots and wring out our socks. I was actually looking forward to putting on dry socks. I knew they wouldn’t stay dry because they would just soak up the water from the wet boot, but the idea sounded so nice. However, when I dug in my pack for the dry socks, they weren’t there. What a disappointment.
For those of you who don’t hike, you may be wondering why we didn’t take our boots off to cross. Because the creek bottoms are covered in slippery rocks, it is much safer to cross with shoes on. This morning when I was packing my pack, I forgot we had a wet crossing otherwise I would have taken my crocs to change into. It was better to get my boots wet than to risk falling and breaking some body part.
We were not as thrilled with that 2-mile section of Hyatt Ridge trail in the afternoon as we had been in the morning. It’s funny how we see things differently depending on how tired we are. This afternoon, that section of trail was steep, rocky, and churned up by horses. However, I still think I might need to amend my previous opinion of this trail. It’s not the worst in the park, in fact, it’s pretty good.
We did see some wildlife today. There were no bears or even evidence of bears on any of the trail we were on today. We haven’t seen a bear the nearly 2 months we’ve been here. It’s about time, don’t ya think? We did see one small snake. Gene stepped right over it without ever seeing it. I was halfway over when I saw it. Boy, did I do a little hop around. We saw a wild hog today--right on the trail. We see evidence all the time of hogs, but in all the years I’ve hiked here, today was the first time to actually see one.
That’s all for today. Thanks for tagging along.