After a hard day on the bikes yesterday, we opted for a hike to get back into the wilderness where bikes aren’t allowed. We hiked out to some falls in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Our hike was 6.7 miles with around 1000′ of elevation gain though it did seem like more than that.
The hike was relatively easy with no steep pitches but there were a couple switchbacks. The trail climbs gently across subalpine meadows following Hurricane Creek. The sunny meadows give way to timbered forests that provided great shade on this warm day. This hike has fantastic views almost from the start. We were treated to massive granite and limestone cliffs, waterfalls, and fall colored foliage.
Our destination was glorious! Slick Rock Creek Waterfall is striking for the height of the falls. This late in the year there isn’t an overwhelming amount of water and I wonder what it would like in early summer with fresh snowmelt. The trail keeps going 7 mile or so but we turned around and headed back here. Overall it’s a quick, rewarding hike.