Explorer | 40 pts
In August '06 the Greybull River watershed above the Pitchfork Ranch burned. The fire was intense, especially from the trailhead(Jack Creek)to Venus Creek; the ground is littered with potato-chip sized flakes that exfoliated from boulders. Rain triggers slides in the steep areas, but the main trail has already been cleared of charred trees and is an easy but dusty walk. Fireweed, roses and some grasses have begun to emerge in some places in the canyon, and where the river valley widens, willows are coming back on the burned flats. In spite of the destruction, wildlife viewing and scenery were impressive in late August: moose populate the remaining willow flats, wolves jog the trail and leave their footprints with those of elk and raccoon in the soft sand next to the river. The river is clear and cold but very low after an exceptionally dry summer; crossings were easy. We're glad we hiked this trail but, sadly, it has burned.