Later on in the afternoon I wanted to get out before the snow and the windy weather that was forecast for Saturday, so I took a hike on the Herriman Lake Trail to see how the leaves were progressing.
The leaves are starting to reach their peak. Better late than never, as they say…
The red leaves make a nice contrast to the bright green of the “Canadian carpeting”.
My destination was the Echo Loop. This portion of the trail system is not maintained by the Forest Service anymore, but you can still follow the trail. The Echo Loop continues south along the river, past where the Herriman Lake trail spur heads uphill and east. Just a little ways past the turn off on the trail, there is a huge beaver pond.
The beaver dam, that holds back the water in this pond, must have let loose at some time in the past because it cut a big ravine in the hill that descends down to the Echo River. Since then the beavers have built up the dam and right now you can walk on top of the beaver dam so you don’t have to traverse the ravine. Boy, beavers can make a mess of the landscape.
On the other side of the pond, the trail kind of peters out and you have to keep a vigilant eye on the faint markings of a trail. The ferns have grown up tall, some to almost 5 feet, but there’s a few places where you can see where a deadfall has been cut and so you know you are on the trail. Further on the trail goes over some rock faces and Rock Cairns have been built to mark the trail. Be careful in this area as one could get lost easily.
My destination was the overlook of the Echo River where the river winds through the valley.
I was surprised to see how very little the trees have changed. It’s still pretty green. I’m going to have to go up there again next week, when the sun is out, to see how the color is progressing.