Gals Buzzed by Military Helicopter on Windy Day on Windy Peak
Who went:. Brenda, Judy, Noreen, Amber and Beth
We parked at Thain Creek campground near the trailhead #454 and walked over to Briggs Creek Trail #431. The two days prior to our adventure, rain soaked the area and we were prepared for lots of mud and stream crossings with high water - we were pleasantly surprised as there was very little mud and the stream crossings were fairly easy to navigate and cross. Before the hike, we determined that everyone would take turns in the line so everyone would lead and experience different perspectives.
We ventured through the lush forest and oohed and aahed at the vibrant and abundant arrowleaf balsamroot - the hillsides were covered. We merged with trail 454 and continued until we reached the base of Windy Peak. We left our packs at the sign and trekked up the hillside to the peak.
Upon reaching the top, a military helicopter flew right by us - actually a little lower in elevation than we were - it surprised us all. Individual and group photos were taken at the top and we descended down to our packs. It was VERY windy (hmmm...we all know why it is so named) and when we reached our packs, tucked behind some rocks and ate our lunches and enjoyed the beautiful views.
No mammals were spotted but we did observe large single ungulate tracks that we guessed were from a moose. The many crossings towards the end of the trail were conquered by all and we all managed to stay dry. It was a delightful day with many laughs and great memories!