My favorite place to see fall color is at Indian Heaven. On this two night backpacking trip, we hiked in via the East Crater Trail, camped at Bear Lake, and day hiked to Lemei Rock.
For this loop hike, I was hoping to find an alternate route to Silver Star that was less steep and rocky than the Grouse Vista trail. I found out that the Tarbell trail is not less steep or rocky, but it was interesting.
I took my husband on his first ever backpacking trip at Siouxon Creek. There were more mice than I’ve ever seen here – mini-rat-bastards!!
We started at the Grouse Vista trail for a foggy hike up to Silver Star Mountain. While the Grouse Vista trail is steep, rocky, and viewless for part of the way up, the mid-section traverses a scenic open ridge with wildflower-covered slopes.