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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings; Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers..."
~John Muir

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Hiking to Deep Creek Hotsprings

I'm going on memory as we did this hike about two weeks ago. I don't remember what time we started, but it was morning. When we arrived at the trailhead, there was one car parked there already so we put the dogs on leash for the entire hike. Also, it was windy and chilly. We didn't see anyone until we actually got to the hotsprings though.

The trail is 2.5 miles going up and down along the Bradford Ridge Path. It's fairly well maintained. Narrow and steep for the most part. It's not a hike I would recommend to the casual walker though. By the end, both Solo and I were dragging along. I'm still nursing a bruised toe from this hike.

Picking up from the last time we took this trail:
This view shows where we would be headed. Where you see all the yellow flowers on the furthest mountain would be our destination.

We found a number of wildflowers and I tried to get pictures of them. Here they are. I'm trying to get their names.

About half way along the path, we passed the Lone Pine. I don't know the real name of the tree. But it stands out as it is the only one around. Also, nearby there's a cache :)

And MORE wildflowers:

Forks in the road can be dangerous places. Taking the wrong one can lead you out of your way and into more difficult trails. Of course, we went the hard way :D Solo had a really hard time. It was slippery with sand and rocks. And very steep. We basically had to get in front of him and brace him as he came down. Of course, Billy Goat Leo had no trouble at all. Unfortunately for all of us, he was on leash and pulled me off balance a few times. We would take the easier but slightly longer trail BACK. heh.

(Go UP this trail, not to the right)

By the time we hooked back up with the trail (about 1/4 mile) we were finally at Deep Creek. We stopped at this beach area for an hour to rest and lunch. Just beyond us, to the right / up river, is the place of the hot springs. It was busy that day with about a dozen or so nekkid people. We left them to their nekkidness while we four splashed in the creek. It was running pretty hard and chilly. Solo and Leo just LOVED the water. But we had to leave them on leash for a couple reasons. We were close to the path and people were using it (the dogs would have run up and bothered the passer-byers) and the creek was running so swift I was afraid they'd get knocked off their feet and swept away. It was hard for even me to stand upright in the water.

We didn't get many pictures on the return trip. We were more concerned with getting back as it was getting late. Solo was having a tough go of it at the end too. Plus my toes were getting hammered. I have a bruised toenail now from that return trip. It was hard and long but well worth the hike.

Round trip ~5 miles. Six hour round trip hike.

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