TR: Pass Creek Trail (22 September)
(Last Updated On: September 13, 2017)
With a big hike planned for Sunday, I set my sights on something shorter to do the day before. Still wanting to soak in the myriad of magnificent fall colors, I opted to head over Ohio Pass to hike the Pass Creek trail from Swampy Pass trailhead. With a very unassuming name, this trail is surprisingly scenic and makes a fantastic hike.
I began on Swampy Pass trail, and enjoyed a view of the Anthracites.
After less than 20 minutes, the trail split, and I took the left path toward Pass Creek Trail.
The forest radiated in gold…
and other rainbow hues.
Occasionally, the Castles came to view.
It was a beautiful day.
Another view of the Anthracites.
After about 3 miles, I came to another intersection. I intended to turn right, to head back to Swampy Pass, creating a short clockwise loop. But, something was pulling me the other way. So, I continued straight, following Pass Creek trail a bit further.
And after another 2 miles, the trail opened up to reveal spectacular views of the Castles.
After enjoying the views for a bit, I turned around, following the Pass Creek trail back to the Swampy Pass trailhead. This time, enjoying the views in reverse.
Despite being a perfect day during the peak of leaf season, I saw not one hiker the whole time – only a handful of cowgirls on horses. It was a nice change from the Kebler Pass leaf-peeper mayhem.
Although the leaves have generally had their peak, colors still surround us, while snow glistens on our high peaks. So, get out and enjoy the rainbow-trees for one more weekend!
Brittany Walker Konsella
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