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by Steven L. Evans (Wilderness Press)
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We hiked to the end of government meadow yesterday. The water was really flowing and some flowers were on the trail to give it color. It is a moderate hike and river wasn't passable . Mosquitos were present only in some areas. We experienced thunder and hail however fun!
Caples Creek trail, Kyburz
level 2, 7.75 mi, around 5500'
more like a level 3 for the steps of boulders, and pack the bug spray for this one! The loop isn't passable for the river so we did out & back, lots of shady pines, some lovely meadows and a wonderful raging river alongside for a while that no one got pix of! the trail veers off to the left when there are lots of fallen trees, but there is a tree blocking that route also so we missed it going up and ended up cutting in through the woods - look left to a fallen tree and the trail is beyond that going up hill. Lot's of fallen trees and seems like a lot of rock steps so hips do a lot of work - and the farmers gate... make sure everyone is away from it because it's barbed wire and is on tension.
My friend Ali and I did this entire loop today. First, for any more people looking for this trail, it is NOT Silver Lake Road off of the 50, it is Silver Fork Road and it is 8.7 miles to the turn off. We did the 8.6 mile loop and i would definitely say this does not fall under the difficult catergory. Moderate would be about right. You climb the first two miles about 800 feet, after that it is very gradual the rest of the trip. The creek was very high so to complete the loop we crossed downed trees, one at around the 4.5 mile spot where there is a campsite and fire ring, and then crossed back over about 6.5 miles and then rejoined our original trail. The trail on the far side after crossing the first time is much rougher, many downed trees, snakes (saw 2), bear feces, etc. You can tell many people do this trail as an out and back and the first section through the meadows is very pretty. In fact if i were to do it again, i would do this as an out and back, forget about crossing the river (not a creek) and enjoy the beautiful meadows. But for a trail close to the 50, and a good steady climb, this fit the bill. Bring your bug spray! Yozers!
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