This hike is contiued from part1 in the lower elevations, now exploring up to the higher alpine meadows. Overall, this hike was still fairly low in elevation as the cold day and rain showed more signs of snow higher up.
Continuing from above the waterfall, there was some great scenery to enjoy.
This one looking out back from our entrance out of the view at middle left of photo. So many of the trees up here are just twisted gnarly stubs since the wind howling past keeps them stubby and twisted up.
Here we are up along a trail above the lower canyon line, which although I really wanted to explore, we could see some areas were likely impassable with cliffs and walls. It was already snowing up at the higher elevation and just some light mist down here still. But, nothing to stop from pressing onward.
Heading back down after lunch, I explored some new ridgelines and found all the animal sign, including this very berry rich bear scat. Probably the day before, so no big deal, but I did go solo off on this ridge and the forest was thick and animal scat was EVERYWHERE. Obviously a favorite of the locals, although i didn't see any animals, just sign everywhere.
I hope you enjoyed these, now I gotta get my gear together for another hike tomorrow in the snow. Its been dumping here this week, so who knows how much there will be in the mountains.
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