Hike #26: Iron Creek Falls & Campground

Hike #26: Iron Creek Falls
June 20, 2015
Distance: 500 feet. Yes, feet.
Elevation Gain: Negligible.

That’s right folks, I’m halfway there! And what better way to reach the midpoint of this goal than with a girls’ camping weekend among mountains, trees, and waterfalls.

Clare and I drove out to Iron Creek Campground on Friday night, arriving around 8 and getting a lovely corner campsite, D72, right beside a water spicket and some of the greatest trees.  DSC_0010

Sometimes my life is a Honda Fit commercial. No complaints.DSC_0004

In the morning, we took the short 1.5 mile loop trail around the campground and along the Cispus River. Then we spent a couple hours relaxing at camp until Julia, Lauren, and Taline arrived.DSC_0019DSC_0049

After eating lunch and setting up the tents, we piled into one car and drove south on 25 to Iron Creek Falls.DSC_0096

An extremely short trail took us to a gorgeous pool with a plunging waterfall, and we spent a couple hours exploring and wading through the cool water.DSC_0126

We also managed to get a few group photos with the self-timer. Moderately successful, too! The first one was a practice shot, but I love it!DSC_0149 DSC_0158 DSC_0172

We spent the evening catching up and chatting around the campfire. The next morning we packed everything up and took a short ramble to the river.

We found a Woodland Sprite!DSC_0175 DSC_0176

And gave her a new home.DSC_0182

Finally, some mountain-viewing. Mount St. Helens from the Bear Meadow lookout area, and Mount Rainier from the drive back towards home.DSC_0184 DSC_0194

A totally lovely weekend with truly wonderful friends. Happy summer!

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