July 14, 2012 - Berry Creek Falls

The day started out foggy but turned into a blue sky day and very pleasant.  We were going to work on the trails around HQ but Janie mentioned the falls and off we went to the 3 falls that run along Berry Creek Falls trail. 

To get there we drove out Gazos Creek road and it would turned out we cleared more things off the roads than the trails.  This was on Gazos and it took all of 2 minutes to clear.

After years of watching the property with the caboose we met the man who owns the property and he has started an new project.  I don't know if I would want to be in this tree house during a winter storm.

We parked at the Sunset campground and headed down the falls starting on the Berry Creek Falls Trail.  There was more water flowing than I would have expected since BB only got 34" of rain this year.  Golden was first and then Silver,
 Along the way we took our time or at least I did to take numerous photos. 
White-veined Wintergreen (Pyrola picta)

Berry Creek Falls
We had lunch at Berry Creek Falls deck and then headed along STS towards Timm's Creek Trail.  There was some light brushing with most being along the upper send of Sunset Trail.
 I came across this very large fallen tree and I had to count the rings: 250 years old.
 I was carrying the crosscut saw all day and near the end of the hike we were able to use it.

The loop was about 4.5 miles but it took all day to do it.  We worked from 9 to 6 for 81 hours and I think we all had a great day.  I would like to thank Tom, Dale P., Jennie, Loren, Bill, Janie, Fran, and Gene.

See you on the trails.


Bird Count:

2 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
7 Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)
4 Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
4 Common Raven (Corvus corax)
17 Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
6 Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)
7 Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)
1 Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)
5 Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
2 Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)
1 Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)