Spawn Creek, 10 October, 2021
Seven Cache Hikers enjoyed a classic fall hike: Susan, Brent, Laylah, Christine, Jack, Ralph and Dave P (leader). The mountains just had a soaking rain but the day was gloriously sunny and cool. There were a few clouds hanging around the mountains which added interest to views of snow on the higher peaks. There were cow and horse tracks headed down the trail, possibly strays that had entered the protected stream area and were driven out by cowboys. The rain made the lower trail muddy but when we started to climb into the canyon the trail was gravelly with good footing. The trail work and brush clearing by Cache Hikers in previous years (2019 example) is still evident.
We heard blue jays, squirrels, and only 3 rifle shots for the second day of elk season. Everyone was glad to be wearing some hunter orange. There was plenty of beaver work nearly all the way up to Temple Aspen Spring. The spring was dry on the slope and only running in the bottom of the valley. We headed back down to a sunny spot for lunch. A mist came over the mountains from the south that we guessed was condensation due to warm sun on the other side evaporating moisture that then hit the cold north-facing slope.
Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and photos, Susan for photos and Ralph for photos and GPS data.