High Creek Lake, 11 July, 2021
Brent, Ophelia, Ralph, Catherine, Keith, Jane and Dave W/ departed from the High Creek trailhead at approximately 9:00 on the Mt. Naomi Peak NRT (National Recreation Trail). The unpaved road beyond the campground was rough and rocky, although a Prius and Camry (a rental) had made it.
After one mile, Dave & Jane peeled off the High Creek Lake trail to go to the waterfall. The remaining five soldiered on to the lake.
The lake was low and at least half covered in algae. Some of the air-exposed algae was thick, brown, and crispy-looking. The beaver ponds were low but with no visible algae. The high waterfall past the beaver ponds was not flowing. The waterfall at approximately mile 4.2 was low but there was a tiny amount of existing snow above it.
Overall, the day was very hazy due to distant fires. No cloud cover. Temperature high was probably close to 90 by the end of the day. Hikers were bothered by biting flies. The falls hikers returned to the parking lot about 1:00 while the lake hikers returned at approximately 4:00.
The following flowers and weeds were observed:
Thanks to Catherine for the narrative and photos, Jane for photos, and Brent, Ralph, and Dave for photos and GPS data.