Winter Comes to Bear Creek
On November 12th following the areas first ‘real’ snow Allyn and I hiked to Jones Park. With Go Pros in hand, our goal was to check in on the Greenbacks. For those of you haven’t hiked Bear Creek to Jones Park it was a 10.5 miles with a 3000 foot elevation gain as shown by my GPS track below.
Due to our combined ‘wisdom’ gained from many years of enjoying dark beers, we chose
to hike up via High Drive, a ‘shrewd’ short cut that added 3 miles, to the hike in. Finally Jones Park came into view way out there before us,….and it seemed like we might be hiking out in the dark. Jones Park is a beautiful place with stands of fir and aspen. One has to wonder when the beavers will show up to create some beneficial habitat and do some sediment control projects? Upon arrive we pulled the Go Pros and immediately set out to try to find and photograph greenbacks.
The creek in Jones Park is in good shape with the rolling character of the Park and significant stream side vegetation helping to minimize sedimentation and when it does occur keep it out of the stream. Allyn found the only greenback of the day and bagged some awesome Go Pro footage.