Monday, August 13, 2012

The New Trail that WTA Built

There are so many trail improvements here since I last hiked the West Fork of the Foss River, back in 2006. A big thanks goes out to WTA (and you, if you're a member)!

The most notable improvement is the lead-up to the bridge and the bridge itself. Solid, up high so it won't get washed away and beautiful. We enjoyed looking down at the water crashing beneath us.

Once past pretty Trout Lake, we got to work and ascended the hillside. It's been brushed out and drainage improved, though there's nothing to do about those pesky rocks.

After the heavy breathing and serious sweating, we crossed a creek to Copper Lake where the rock hopping was straight out of a fairy tale. The rocks were so large and flat and perfectly spaced, we could have waltzed on them (I did while no one was looking).

We continued on to Little Heart and made the trek to Big Heart, arguing about what peaks we were seeing in the distance. We all came to agree that it was Whitehorse on the left and Glacier on the right (leave a comment if you know differently). We had a ceremonious baptism in Big Heart, first time there for all of us and headed back down the trail.

At the trailhead, the USFS has placed a new sign saying Big Heart Lk is 7.5 miles one way. Our maps indicate 6.5. But I'm sure the government doesn't lie so that was one good 15-mile dayhike with 3,700 feet of gain.

arriving at Big Heart Lake
Trout Lake in the evening
If you would like to support the efforts of the WTA, consider sponsoring me in this month's Hike-a-Thon. I will be hiking the whole month and raising money for WTA to do their great work. The link for sponsorship is here. If you give $40 or more, you automatically become a member. Thanks!

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