On 2 June 12, Tracy and I drove up to the Center Park trailhead (Google Map). Tracy's ankle
was still healing, so she stayed at the trailhead to read while I went cross country toward
Toquer Lake. I hiked a mile or so towards the lake, but trees were down everywhere, so it was
very slow going. Eventually, I got to where the ridge dropped down to Fish Creek, and I
decided I didn't feel like fighting the trees and the elevation, so I turned up towards the Center
Park trail. I intersected the trail and then turned north for a while, before hiking a little cross
country towards Long Park. I hit more down trees, though, so I turned around and went back
down the trail and back to the truck.
We then drove around Bear Park back towards the Hells Canyon Road. Bear Park is really
pretty and has some nice car camping. Once back at Hells Canyon we headed down to the
Yellowstone River and drove to the Swift Creek trailhead. We found some nice camps sites
down there, too. At dusk we headed out and started back home. We had planned to camp,
but it was getting cold, and we were both still sick.
We saw almost no people at all, so this was a great day. There was no snow at all anywhere,
and the creeks and rivers were all low for this time of year. The road through Hells Canyon
had a lot of down trees that probably the Forest Service has cleared out. It looked like a bad
wind storm had gone through...it looked like a REALLY bad wind storm had cut across the
canyon. This made me nervous that maybe some other trees were just waiting to fall still.
Great day out.