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Shirley Creek Trip Report HNF
“Had my pack in the truck Friday so I left from work to drive to the Shirley Creek Trailhead.
I arrived at the trailhead just before dark and set up my tent. The trailhead is a small horsecamp with a pit toilette. There were about a half dozen horse groups there but didn't see any hikers.
I woke up Saturday and hit the trail. Let's just say its too dang hot for this time of year. Bring on the cold weather. I hiked the outer loop counterclockwise, backtracking to cover some of the connector trails.
For a trail frequented by horses it's in real good shape. Areas that would usually get rutted up have been hardpacked with small gravel. All of the trail system is a very wide track. I'd like to try it sometime on the mountain bike.
The trail relatively flat and a very easy hike. I ended up covering about 15 miles on Saturday. By 5 p.m. i realized I was close to finishing the trail so i pushed on and decided not to camp again Saturday night.
I was glad i made the choice as it was raining when i woke up at home Sunday morning. Hurricane Rita's after affects made Sunday a wet a dreary day. It was a good day to curl up on the back screened porch with a good book.
Shirley Creek was pretty dry i only saw water on the hike twice other than the horse ponds and none of it was moving. The trail would probably be pretty interesting after a lot of rain. The trail runs close and many time right in bouldery streams.
Wildlife report: A few deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, some big blue jays and lots of pesky knats and mosquitos. The deer flies and horse flies weren't bad at all though for a horse trail!
A nice trail, I may go back and check it out during a wet season or on the bike.
I may post a few pics later this week. I shot film. lol.”
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