Reports of a fantastic beargrass bloom on the Tanner Butte Trail motivated me to do the Eagle-Tanner backpacking loop this weekend. There is a section of the trail on high called Beargrass Alley. This section is usually considered a minor nuisance because the beargrass crowds the trail and can trip up hikers. I guess this bloom is the payback.
The Eagle Tanner trail up from Eagle Creek used to be rough and hard to follow in places. Not so any more.
The route start with 9 miles along Eagle Creek, the first 7 or so of which are among the most famous hikes in the region for it's waterfalls. Even on Friday afternoon the parking area was full and I had to cycle back to find a just-vacated spot. And given how many times I have hiked Eagle Creek, my photos here focus on farther up.
The sun was at the wrong angle to photograph Tunnel Falls, so I got a picture of the tunnel.
No such problem with Twister Falls
Root ball farther up
The Eagle Creek ford was a rock hop
Getting in at 7pm, camp at Big Cedar Springs lacks much tent space, this was crampt for my tent
Requiring a unique staking
The forest in the area is quite nice
Thrush Pond is already low and the stump steps mostly surrounded by grass and mud
There was some beargrass on the way up and as soon as I hit the ridge, it started
On the way up to Tanner Butte, they had a nice backdrop
There were some other flowers about too
These fields give new meaning to the term "busy bee"
Walking the gauntlet
Then it is just downhill and back
One last gush - this on Road 777