|when||Trip Report : November 14, 2015|
|Trip Report : May 13, 2006|
|Trip Report : May 18, 2003|
|Trip Report : May 11, 2002|
|Trip Report : April 21, 2001|
|Trip Report : April 18, 1998|
The club last did this hike in 2006 before the dam and flume were removed
from Fossil Creek. A lot has changed so this will be an exploratory hike.
I have recently hiked in from the west end to the Falls. That area has
become a mess with lots of lubbers making the short hike to play in the water.
However, we will not go near that area since we will come in from Strawberry
and drive 5 miles on unpaved road to the trailhead. There is no access
between the springs and the waterfall area.
Here is what was written before: Hike down an winding old jeep road to lush, riparian springs. The upper trail to the springs follows a winding, steep, dusty, hot old jeep road two miles down past an old gravel pit. The trail turns south and goes a half-mile to Fossil Springs.
The habitat is supported by springs issuing over a million gallons of water an hour. The springs got its name from the exposed limestone which contain 350 million year old marine fossils. Over 30 species of trees and shrubs provide habitant for 100 kinds of birds. Other wildlife in the area include mule deer, white tailed deer, black bear, mountain lion, and numerous other wildlife.
The last three club hikes were in May, probably too hot. This time we will go in mid-November and hope for cool weather.
|distance||8 miles round trip|
|EC||+-1500' elevation change|
|elevations||5678' (Fossil Springs Trailhead) to 4310' (swimmin’ hole)|
|on trail||100% — Fossil Springs Trail #18|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|meet||7:00 AM in the parking lot of the Target Center on the south side of Shea Blvd., about a mile west of Highway 87 (Beeline). For those leaving their cars behind, please park up against the northwest curb away from Starbuck’s.|
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