Well it was forecasted to rain heavy today, but it was nice and clear in the morning so I grabbed the pack and rain jacket and headed for the Supes to enjoy this sweet hike that I hadn't done in 2 winters. How bad can it get?
It must have rained fairly good because the creek crossings along Peralta Rd were lightly flowing and the trails were fairly damp & muddy. The hike to the SE corner of Bluff Spring Mt went fairly quickly and from there I climbed up the Ely-Anderson trail to the saddle near the summit overlooking into the sweet literally Hidden Valley.
Think of BSM as one giant molar in the middle of the Supes and Hidden Valley is the recessed section in the middle where the food (water) gets stuck.
I dropped down into Hidden Valley via the ridge and then slowly continued downstream the nicely flowing Bluff Spring Mountain Canyon 'creek' all the way down to the 120-160ft waterfall while getting lightly sprinkled on. I scrambled down to the edge of the falls to get some sweet pics and then climbed back up to the NW point to get a better angle. Just about then the heavens started to open up and it started raining pretty heavily.
I found a good alcove to hide under, but it was full of someone's camping gear so I was a little concerned about sharing it and didn't know if the owner's would be back soon.
So I continued alongside the western edge of the mountain enjoying the sweet views of the Supes and fog covered Weavers Needle while the rain and the winds continued to pick up. Since I'd seen all the highlights I wanted to see and really didn't need to stay up on the mountain any longer, I found a not-too-steep line down the western side of BSM across a few ridges and a canyon dropping down into Needle Canyon and scrambled up to find the Terrapin Trail. My rarely used rain jacket worked pretty good but I sweated up a storm underneath it while my pants, socks & shoes were completely soaked.
Luckily it wasn't too cold and I was able to keep my morale up as I quickly hiked back to the TH while being rained on most of the time and finally let up as I neared the TH. The rainy Supes are quite amazing but it's tough to enjoy them while soaking wet and getting pelted by rain and it's tough to keep the camera lens clean when I have nothing dry left to wipe it with.
Thankfully the creek crossing along Peralta Road weren't too high for my car to go thru!