Thursday, October 08, 2009

Coldwater Lake - Hummocks Trail

For our main hike we followed the park ranger's recommendation of the Hummock Trail. This, he said, provided the most variety if not the most mountain views. When he mentioned the beaver dam we were sold. He also suggested doing the trail backwards, as there's a long and steep incline at the end. Better to do that downhill at the beginning.

The trail is a 2-1/2 mile loop with a total 300 foot elevation change. The unstable footing made it more arduous than you might expect, but it's a nice hike that fits in well with the long drives.

The hummocks provide pockets for water to collect, which allows plants to take hold.

The trail winds up and down through lush mini-valleys to near-barren hillsides.

Punctuated by views of the remains of the mountain. A reminder of where this land came from.

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