Gold Creek Trail
The first section of the trail is an old logging road so it is wide and fairly even. It is a pretty area and not much elevation gain but the trail is very rocky in places and we ended up going 6.2 miles round trip. The trail condition and the distance pushed me from an “easy” or “very easy” hike to the moderate category.
As we hoped there was more color on the hills. Although we expected rain it stayed nice all day. We heard birds, saw chipmunks, heard picas, and found plenty of mushrooms again.
Aside from some hardy Pearly everlasting we only saw a couple of other flowers still in the last stages of bloom until we came upon this little blue flower (as yet unidentified).
Lunch by the creek with no other people around was peaceful and quiet.
As we returned to the parking area we passed by Gold Pond but did not stop to see if there were migrating birds there.