Crimson Trail, 8 June, 2019
Eight steadfast hikers: Brent (trip leader), Dave P., Kathy, Bree, Gordon, Mark, Dave W. and Jane assembled on a 45 degree morning for a counterclockwise loop hike of the Crimson Trail.
Leaving Logan at 8:15, we arrived at Spring Hollow about 8:25 and on the trail at 8:35. We walked up through the Spring Hollow group areas and on to the trail, taking time to investigate the spring which is running at high volume during this wet year. We enjoyed a variety of wildflowers, including Penstemon, ninebark and Oregon grape, as we climbed toward the top of the China Wall. The mostly sunny skies allowed for remarkable views of the Wind Caves across the canyon and the newly snow dusted Temple Peak up the canyon.
After "brunch" at 10:20 we started our somewhat slippery descent toward Guinavah-Malibu Campground and the River Trail. We found short sections of shallow flooding on the River Trail as we closed the loop back to our cars at Spring Hollow, but nothing we could not easily wade or bypass.
Thanks to Brent for the narrative and photos, Bree and Jane for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS data.