jefferson park, opal creek & detroit lake in 3 days.
andy and i went into this trip with high hopes, but the mt had other plans for us. after the 3hr/6m hike in we made camp at the base of mt in a grove of fir trees next to scout lake. it poured, it thundered. there was lightening and there was wind. we felt ALIVE! also awake, cold, wet and in awe. with the intent of stopping the 3rd person in our party from trying to make the 14m off road last leg to the trailhead in his 1980s vw rabbit after bad condiotions, we packed up and left a few hours later. we watched the sunrise over the mt from the top of the ridge. in the 3 hours back the temperature rose and fell several times. it was rainy. it was sunny. it was foggy. it was windy. it was calm. unfortunately by the time we reached the trailhead, seth had just taken a piss after the 2 hours drive. our worrying was in vain. so - completely drained, we decided to head into detroit lake for a well deserved breakfast. bacon, eggs, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, coffee, oj…
from there we were recommended to head up to jawbone flats/opal creek to camp in old growth doug fir, explore ancient mines and swim in the clean teal water of opal creek. weather was warm and the water was fresh. it was glorious.
we spent our last night shooting long exposures and time lapses from our lakeside camp site on the south shore of detroit lake.
time well spent