I figured since we went to Porter's Creek and walked the loop road around the trailhead a couple of weeks ago why not go back to see what new wildflowers had bloomed. So I suggested we hike the Porter's Creek trail to Campsite 31. Robin asked how far it was and I promptly replied with something along the lines of "It's 3 point something miles to the campsite making it 6 point something round trip." To add to this, I included that, "the trail is creek side the whole way." Robin, as well as I, thought that because of this it wouldn't be too bad of a hike, you know mostly flat and cool. I also mentioned that, "it had an elevation gain of 1400 plus feet over the 3. something miles so it would be a gradual climb, nothing to strenuous."
To be quite honest, at the time I hadn't fully researched it, nor had I done the math to realize that it was actually a 7.4 mile hike. I'm sure had I known that and said so, Robin would have likely put the brakes on that trail or suggested we only do part of it. Yes, I'm definitely over ambitious when it comes to hiking, a point that Robin makes almost every time I mention hiking and suggest a trail. What can I say, I like a challenge.
Along this portion of the trail you also cross two bridges. One is a regular bridge that park vehicles can pass across. The second bridge is a foot bridge that crosses the creek. The creek at this point is shallow enough to ford yourself if you so desire. This is also a great place to hunt for salamanders.
GoGoSqueez AppleApple Apple Sauce. Once again it was just enough to get us both to wanting more, but provided enough of a boost to keep going.
More flowers, more bends and more trail were ahead of us. We finally got to the campsite before realizing it when Robin stopped and was intent on not going any further. It was then that I looked and seen the marker showing that we indeed reached the campsite. Robin found a log in this area to sit down. She was content on sitting there while I walked around one of the campsites checking it out. There was one group in a campsite up from the trail, but I didn't want to bother them. I was content to look around the lower campsites and found there were bear bag hangers at the site. To be quite honest and to show how green I still am, I had never seen such a contraption before so I found it to be pretty neat.
Tim and Robin
For more pictures of our hike, check out the photostream on our Flickr page.
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