You know what it’s like when you have a week filled with meetings, presentations and stress? I hadn’t been able to hike all week, part bad weather and part too full a schedule. Friday was a day reserved for rejuvenating and getting out in nature. I looked forward with excitement to meeting the ladies for a hike.
It seems we all needed a bit of sunshine and fresh air, so we took a longer route and headed for Langdale Falls…up and over the falls and around to the powerlines before circling back up “Nuts” to our starting point. All together a great workout and just over 1.5 hours. “Nuts” is a short little trail segment, but it is a quad burner that is all uphill at the end of the hike. It’s a very pretty area, and that makes it a little easier. It’s a good measure of progress…a trail that you do a little faster each time…a little less winded each time.
There were many tree limbs down from the recent windstorm, but the forest is incredibly green. This spot is near Langdale Creek and is just full of moss. So many shades of green between the moss, ferns, and trees. Hello Middle Earth?
We have received a lot of rain the past couple of weeks so the creeks are all running full. There were stretches along Langdale Creek where we were stepping along rocks because the creek was higher than normal. It’s loud & powerful and pure. Just wait until the snow starts melting. There is a lot of fresh snow on Mt Elphinstone right now.
Just after this point in the hike is the most challenging. You need gloves as you back your way down a steep set of rocks only then to have to hike back up a steep section. Kudos to the team that attached ropes to this section. Having something else to hold on to while you climb this steep part is just the security blanket one needs to safely conquer this section of trail.
Langdale Falls up close.
Let’s hope there aren’t so many days before the next trip to the forest.