Wood Camp, 19 May, 2019
Twelve hikers took a chance on a rainy forecast and headed up to Wood Camp: Brent, Susan, Maggie, Rachel, Teresa, Laurel, Jaren, Bryce, Bree, Jane, Dave W, and Dave P (leader). The skies were cloudy all day but the rain held off. There was still plenty of water around though—springs were running high and we had to use a wet log bridge and railing for the upper Wood Camp stream crossing.
We departed from the standard Jardine Juniper trail after the upper Wood Camp stream crossing to follow the old trail up the East Fork. It was steep and required frequent breather breaks, but was in reasonably good shape. We passed an interesting rock formation and pillar near the spring that appeared to be a cemented limestone conglomerate. After the trail entered the upper meadow and we could see the standard trail on the hillside above us. Mud and young trees finally made following the old trail too rough, so we cut up to the standard trail. At that point we took a break to consider whether to go farther up the standard trail. We decided to go ahead since rain didn’t appear imminent. The trail soon became eroded and muddy in spots and we were glad to learn that the Forest Service is planning a new trail higher on the slope. We stopped at the bench for lunch.
The way down on the standard trail was easy and we had plenty of time to stop and botanize. Many wildflowers were blooming, with yellow the dominant color. The cool cloudy weather apparently kept the butterflies and other insects from flying and only a few birds were seen, but overall it was a refreshing spring outing.
Thanks to Dave P. for photos and the narrative, Brent and Susan for photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS data.