South Fork of High Creek and Middle Fork - Mount Naomi Wilderness - June 1, 2024

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I headed up to Lewiston in Cache Valley on Friday with Sheila so that she could ride the Little Red bicycle ride on Saturday morning. While she road, I headed over to the Mount Naomi Wilderness in the Bear River Range to hike up the South Fork of High Creek. The South Fork of High Creek was living up to its name this time of year, and when I reached the second crossing I had to turn back due to deep, raging water. I then backtracked to the intersection with the Middle Fork Trail and headed up towards Middle Fork Falls. Unfortunately, I hit my turn around time before reaching the falls. Wildflowers, particularly glacier lilies and canary violets were abundant along the trail. After I turned around and started heading back to the trailhead, a group of Utah State University students passed me and told me that I had been within a quarter mile of the falls. I guess I'll just have to reach them next year. :) I hiked back down to the Subaru parked at the trailhead and drove back to Lewiston, where I picked up my camp chair and headed to the finish line to wait for Sheila. I had just barely set up my chair and started to eat an apple when Sheila turned the corner from Main Street onto Center Street heading to the finish. Afterwards, we packed up our tent and headed over to Gossner's for some cheese curd. We bought three kinds: smoked, jalapeno, and ranch to bring home to munch on over the next few days.

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And she is off!

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And I am off the the trailhead

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Can get all the way to Tony Grove from the High Creek Trailhead

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The South Fork of High Creek

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A stream running down the trail at the beginning

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Crossing the wilderness boundary

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The first crossing of the South Fork was easy enough. :)

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Ball-head waterleaf were abundant too

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Baneberry

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More South Fork

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Arnica

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Middle Fork Trail junction

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Looks like the taller peaks in the range still have some good snow on them

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Glacier lilies

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Larkspur

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Oregon grape

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When I'm hiking along a creek, I get lots of creek pictures. What can I say? :)

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An occasional view above

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Snow on Middle Fork

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Fellow Aggies that passed me after I turned around

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More violets

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One last shot of the South Fork

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Another option at the High Creek Trailhead is the North Fork High Creek Trail. I'll have
to give that a go sometime in the future.

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A Llama on my way back to Lewiston

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The final stretch on Center Street.

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Congrats! Cold towel and a lemonade should do the trick!

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The curd makes it home.
 
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Looks like a nice hike even though you didn't make it to the falls!

The ex-Wisconsinite in me is jealous of the curds. Hope they squeaked!
 
Looks like a nice hike even though you didn't make it to the falls!

The ex-Wisconsinite in me is jealous of the curds. Hope they squeaked!

Squeaky Cheese! I brought the bag of smoked curd to the office so that my coworkers could squeak along with me. The jalapeno (my favorite) and the ranch (Sheila likes) will be consumed at home. :)

Yeah, it was a nice hike. I've summited Mount Naomi before, but I approached it from the other side of the wilderness. This was my first time hiking in on the western side. I'll definitely go back at some point when the creeks have died down a bit though. :)
 
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