First Creek Crossing — Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness

First creek crossing. Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

There was a tree down at the Camp 5 Pond trailhead and parking lot. Two other cars were already parked up, and two guys sat under a tarp at one of the trailhead campsites. They had taken advantage of the down tree to harvest some wood and start a small fire.

I had a short chat with one of the guys.

They were waiting for a third person and were planning on bushwhacking to avoid flooded-out creek crossings. He told me that the first creek crossing (not the first Whites Creek crossing) had been knee-deep when they had taken a look at it earlier.

By one p.m. I was on my way, on the spur trail that goes to the Whites Creek Trail loop. I made my first creek crossing before getting to the trail proper. It wasn’t knee-deep, just mid-shin, and I’d planned for this eventuality by wearing my waterproof socks — no wet feet for me (yet).

Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.