Wild and Wooley

Original Publication DATE: 4/17/2011

It has been several years since my last visit to Wooley Creek. This was far too long. The Salmon River Country is magical and I was fortunate enough to find some magic this wet northern California weekend when I spent the night along one of my favorite California creeks (Check out Gambolin’ Man’s take on my other favorites). Wooley creek roared as it funneled past the trail and my camp–draining hundreds of square miles of Marble Mountain Wilderness. It would soon enter the Salmon River, briefly, before merging with the mighty Klamath River on its way to the Pacific Ocean. It felt like spring as flowers and bud were popping in the wet (and mildly warm) conditions. The mixed-evergreen forests of the Klamath Mountains are waking up.

Marble Mountain Wilderness

Entering the wild and wooley wilderness

Salmon River - Wooley Creek

Cresting into the Wooley Creek drainage above the Salmon River.

Wooley Creek

Wooley Creek

Whirling Wooley

Whirling Wooley

Wooley Mist

Wooley Mist


Select mixed-evergreen forest flowers in mid-April 2011

Asarum hartwegii

Asarum hartwegii

Dodecatheon hendersonii

Dodecatheon hendersonii above Wooley Creek

COMMENT:

AUTHOR: Julie
DATE: 4/18/2011 2:27:31 AM
What a pleasure to read this post and see the photos. I can imagine myself there. Magical country indeed.
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: John Soares
URL: http://northerncaliforniahikingtrails.com/blog
DATE: 4/18/2011 1:37:36 PM
Beautiful pics Michael. It will be a week or two before I begin my 2011 explorations of Klamath conifer country. I’ve been spending much of my hiking time in the foothills around Redding.
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: jeannie
DATE: 4/18/2011 5:28:02 PM
Michael, fun journal entry and fabulous photo displays. Ahh…spring, a time of rebirth, renewal, and decluttering of streams! great time to go.
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COMMENT:
AUTHOR: Gambolin’ Man
URL: http://gambolinman.blogspot.com
DATE: 4/26/2011 5:45:34 PM
Michael – you captured the magic and mystery of this wild and woolly land!

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