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July 2, 2016

Siouxon Creek 3 night backpacking

This is my third backpacking trip to Siouxon Creek this year. While waiting for the alpine areas in the mountains to be snow-free, we decided to spend more time at Siouxon, staying for three nights so we would have time to do more exploration. We did hikes that I haven’t done before, seeing waterfalls I hadn’t seen yet, and forded three streams, another new experience for me!

total mileage for four days: 19.5 miles with 2,870 ft. elevation gain

Day 1

hike in from Siouxon Creek trailhead
5.5 miles with 600 ft. elevation gain

On the first day, four of us hiked in and setup camp at the largest campsite along the creek. We had four more people joining us the next day, so we needed plenty of space for all of our tents. In the evening, we hiked back to Siouxon Falls to take photos at dusk and took the side trail to the top of the waterfall.

Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

green forest

Siouxon Creek

at the top of Siouxon Falls

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Falls

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

my tent

Siouxon Creek

our campsite

Siouxon Creek

filtering water

Day 2

4.5 miles with 600 ft. elevation gain

On the second day, after our friends arrived and setup camp, we did a day hike to Chinook Falls, spending time relaxing on the rocks before turning around and hiking farther north on the Siouxon Trail. We probably hiked about 2 miles in, then turned around and went back to 14-mile falls to relax.

Siouxon Creek

day hike through the forest

Siouxon Creek

Chinook Falls

Siouxon Creek

emerald green pool of water

Siouxon Creek

the crew

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

Middle Siouxon Falls

Back at camp, we setup some of our equipment for photo shoots for my upcoming “I Heart Backpacking” book. I shot photos of backpacking stoves, water filters, bear canisters and food sacks. We had a nice fire and relaxed all evening, and I spent time at dusk taking photos of the area around the campsite.

Siouxon Creek

backpacking stoves

Siouxon Creek

water filters

Siouxon Creek

bear canisters and food sacks

night time at camp

night time at camp

Siouxon Creek

tall trees

Siouxon Creek near the campsite

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

solo tent site

Day 3

6 miles with 1,400 ft. elevation gain

On the third day, we took a leisurely approach in the morning, waiting for two more friends to arrive to go on a day hike with us. Just down the trail from our campsite, we took the Wildcat Trail to the creek and forded across. This was my first big creek crossing, but it was very easy. Siouxon isn’t like mountain streams with fast rushing glacial water… it’s more slow and steady, but the rocks can be slippery. The water went about halfway up my calves and I wore my trail running shoes, removing my socks and the insoles before crossing the creek. On the other side, I put them back on and we hiked up to Wildcat Falls (100 ft.). The trail is a little steep, but short. After spending time exploring the viewpoints for the waterfall, we went back down the trail to cross Wildcat Creek. This time, most of us crossed on a large log, which made it very easy. We then hiked for another mile to Chinook Creek through a forest with a dense understory, and then we forded the creek. Both Wildcat and Chinook creeks are smaller than Siouxon, but at Chinook, the water went over my knees. Both times, I left my socks and insoles in my shoes and they dried out quickly. On the other side of Chinook, we hiked back to 14-mile Falls and a few people jumped in the big pool at the base of the falls for a quick swim.

Siouxon Creek

Wildcat Falls

Siouxon Creek

ferns

Siouxon Creek

fording Chinook Creek

Siouxon Creek

bridge over Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

slippery crossing

Siouxon Creek

tributary creek

Back at camp, our day hiking friends departed and we made our dinners. We had a lot of fun making up a whole skit (think Appalachian Momma, Baby, Sister and random extras) about making pie out of random ingredients we brought with us. The crust was crushed up cookies, topped with chopped pieces of a chocolate biscuit cookie, and topped with about 16 roasted marshmallows. I didn’t try it since it had chocolate, which I am sadly allergic to.

chilling at camp

chilling at camp

Siouxon Creek

campmates’ tents

Siouxon Creek

this is the nicest campsite!

Siouxon Creek

relaxing at camp

Siouxon Creek

making “pie”

Siouxon Creek

the “pie”

Siouxon Creek

roasting marshmallows

Day 4

3 miles with 370 ft. elevation gain

We hiked out the fourth day. Overall, it was a very relaxing and fun time.

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Creek

Siouxon Falls on the hike out

Siouxon Creek

hiking out

Siouxon Creek

top of Horseshoe Falls

Siouxon Creek

more green water

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