A slice of paradise. One of those hikes I have never done because of the negatives. Too many people and trash. Figured it wouldn't be too crowded on a Monday. Wrong.
First 2/3rds of the hike we only saw a handful of people. Pays to get an early start. We hiked down the Fossil Springs trail. The old dam site is very cool and the swimming is fun. Didn't think the Flume trail would have so much elevation gain. I thought water flowed down hill!
The Waterfall trail/creek has many awesome easy to get to swimming holes. By the time we got to the waterfall, the area was getting crowded. Only stayed about fifteen minutes. We saw about fifty more people hiking in as we were hiking out. Hard to imagine what a weekend day would be like here.
We hiked out on the FS road. There is enough garbage to fill a couple of pick up truck beds in and along the road. The whole loop is pretty much littered. Unbelievable people have no regard for the environment or others. I've seen cleaner homeless camps. It's no wonder they feel the need to restrict access. I'm in favor of it.
Overall experience though is very good. Had a great day. Always fun hiking with Kelly. Thanks for the blizzard!