Chiwaukum Creek (May 29, 2016)

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chiwaukum_creek_coverConditions: day hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Winton
Area: Leavenworth, WA
Reference: 100 Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes
Stats: 7.7mi, 1161' gain (round trip)

I'm still on the hunt for wildflowers. This time we decided to head up Chiwaukum Creek. My foot is finally starting to feel better but I don't yet want to push it. The last time I was up this trail was Jun-2012 and I was interested how the trail has recovered after the big fire of 2014. In my opinion...the fire has done the area good. It seems to have burned hot but not so hot that the area looks sterile. Fire is a healthy part of the ecosystem so I'm glad, in a strange sort of way, that it visited this area. Because of the fire all my old familiar landmarks are gone. It was like hiking a new trail. Lots of flowers out. Lots and lots of log jams in the creek. The trail is just as beautiful as ever...
Chiwaukum Creek Slideshow

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