It was originally going to be an overnighter but it turned out to be an evening instead. The trail has changed, or to be more precise, the forest around the trail has changed. Firstoff at the trailhead it looks as though someone had some fun doing target practice with beer bottles, so broken glass is all around the trailhead log so I took the road instead as I didnt want my doggie's feet to get cut up.
Next, there's a number of fresh clear-cut areas around the trail after the first road crossing. I knew they'd be logging in the area soon so I was a bit fearful as to how they'd treat the trail, but while there are now clearcuts on either side of the trail, they did try keeping a 40 metre buffer on either side, so the trail itself is intact except for a second road crossing further up. On the upside, you now get more views of the valley and mountains to the north.
I got a late start on this hike; starting at 4pm and electing to park my car beside the main road because maybe it would be safer leaving it there instead of the trailhead parking area.
My plan was to camp at one of the two places to pitch a tent where Pierce Creek crosses the trail. I figured the area at roughly 950m should be for the mostpart snowfree; at least the first place anyway. My pack seemed pretty heavy but that could also have had something to do with the fact that I was packing around 9lbs of camera gear. Sometimes I think I should take up a lighter weight hobby like playing harmonica.
The first campspot was indeed free of snow, so i decided to pitch there as I also figured it would be good for photo ops.
It was around 6pm now so I wanted to take advantage of some nice light before setting up camp any further.
The official beer of this trip:
As I got closer to Pierce Creek itself, snow suddenly appeared; probably close to 3 feet thick still in a number of places. The campsite beside the creek was still completely covered.
Back at camp and getting darker. I had a camp scene in mind that I wanted to do a shot of:
Dogs dont sit very still for 30 second exposures:
Incidentally the fire was a tuna can packed with cardboard and soaked in parafin wax. I use those for when I want fire or a fire effect without burning wood. Better for no-trace camping that way. The fire ring I made for the shot was taken apart and rocks chucked into the forest.
In the end I decided to pack up after this and hike back down in the dark.