Creek Summit-East Pass Overlook
This was a National Trails Day hike (an annual event of the American
Hiking Society) with 19 people, including special guest, Carol Eckert,
District Ranger, Lost River District, Mackay.
The Hunter Creek trailhead
is 12 miles up the North Fork Big Lost River canyon with its magnificent
view of Ryan Peak and Kent Peak.
Hunter Creek trail crosses the stream
several times -- uneventful on this mid-summer trek.
A pack trail from
Hunter Creek Summit, 9,400, leads toward Middle Canyon - and its
along this ridge where the views are stunning: wild East Pass canyon,
green elk pastures on Pass Peak, rugged Bowery Peak, and jutting Castle
Carol explained how white bark pine and Clarks nutcracker,
a common, colorful (and noisy) mountain bird, depend on one another.
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