Whites Creek Trail completed

Whites Creek Trail completed – now just to hike the short spur trail back to the parking lot.

Final crossing of Whites Creek

The final crossing of Whites Creek.

Fiddler Spring

Fiddler Spring – I took a quick detour to checkout the spring and top up my water. +1

Hello li’l buddy

Hello li’l buddy – It’s probably as fast on the trail as I am.

Looking back along Whites Creek Trail

Looking back along Whites Creek Trail – This is fairly typical of the trail conditions I encountered. Note the recently cut deadfalls. At this point, it started to rain, and it carried on raining for the next four hours.

Looking into Whites Creek Cave

Looking into Whites Creek Cave – No I didn’t go in. I took this picture through the grill using my headlamp at full brightness to light up the cave. Had I been thinking, I would have set the camera on my mini tripod and gone for a longer exposure and some light painting. There’s nothing to give the picture any feeling of scale. Let’s just say, “Pretty big.”

Whites Creek Cave

Whites Creek Cave. +1

Looking back down the trail

Looking back down the trail – the trail turns up the hill here (you can just about make it out in this picture). Most people (including me) appear to miss this. The trail marker is not particularly helpful either.

Heading up towards Whites Creek Cave

Heading up towards Whites Creek Cave – the trail is narrow and the drop-off steep. It appears that most people miss where the trail turns left up the hill to the cave.

Back on the Whites Creek Trail

Back on the Whites Creek Trail – Whites Creek Float Camp spur trail (branching right in the foreground). Time to head back to the trailhead, seven and-a-half miles of hiking and lots of rain in my future.

‘eek Float Camp

‘eek Float Camp – signs that there has not been a lot of trail maintenance for a while.

Crossing Whites Creek

Crossing Whites Creek – You have to cross Whites Creek to get back to the main Whites Creek Trail. It’s not very obvious in this picture (or in reality), but the trail climbs up the bank just to the right of the tree on the left side of the frame.