DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,683 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Monday, July 28, 2014

We hiked a 4.2 mile out and back side trip during our Pine Bench hike starting at the western edge of Pine Bench and ending where the trail crosses Boulder Creek. This trail is not used much and was quite overgrown with plants and stickery blackberry bushes. Most of the hike is through a forest of Ponderosa Pine that survived a fire in 1996. In fact, most of the Boulder Creek Wilderness was a victim of this fire and you can see in long distance views how the forest is recovering. Many charred trunks. The signpost to the old abandoned Perry Butte trail can be seen along this section. During July and in this drought year Boulder Creek was still running a respectable flow and the temperature was still cool. There is NO ONE out here. A great hike if you want to be alone.