Eagle Creek

Just got back from a three day packing trip in the Hoover Wilderness. Eagle Creek is  a high country gem hidden in plain site. The trail is easily accessible,  outside of Bridgeport, Ca and close to Twin Lakes. The trailhead is at Buckeye Creek campground. It is a steady climb from the 7200 ft. trailhead to  the 10,106 ft. end of trail five miles later.  The hike starts humbly but steeply on an dusty old logging road and after about mile and a half goes to a foot trail that enjoys playing peak a boo every now then. Eagle Creek shows up after a mile or so and this  watershed then goes from thick dense brush with close sides, to gradually widening, to wonderfully expanding, with Sawmill Ridge on one side and Buckeye ridge on the other.  Eagle Creek is lush. And the lushness continues till the very end of the trail, wildflowers exploding everywhere, whole hillsides of Indian paintbrush, , columbine, swaths of lupine (white and blue), and many other species of flower, all  giving beautiful voice to the gift of earth and water and sun. But the gloriously rich reward is another mile and  half (or so )  past the end of the trail. By then the terrain is very open. Rocks and pines, meadows,willows, and wildflowers appearing to be the work of an ecstatic, artistic landscape designer. It is fairly easy and intuitive to get yourself to the last ridge at 10,400 ft.  And the view from that last ridge……no way to truly describe it.   It steals your mind in an instant and if you weren’t already there, drops you fully into your feeling being, completely present,  overwhelmed by something much bigger than the organizational small you of every day workings.  The Sierra Nevada is called the Range of Light. And this high country gives eloquent testimony to that.

Forgive my larger than normal amount of photos, I just couldn’t squeeze them down any more.   And please click on an image to enlarge it.

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Looking towards Twin Lakes.

Looking towards Twin Lakes.

***Eagle Creek.  Photo by Bruce Czopek***

Eagle Creak Trail.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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Sierra Wildflowers. Photo by Bruce Czopek***

Sunrise. Photo by Bruce Czopek

Sunrise next day.

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Eagle Creek Drainage.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

An early morning look down Eagle Creek Drainage towards the trailhead.

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Beginning of Eagle Creek drainage. Photo by bruce Czopek

Beginnings of the Eagle Creek. The last ridge is not far.

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View form the ridge.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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Barney Lake.

Barney Lake. Crown Point left of Center.

A friendly rock offered it's help for a self portrait. Had to prove I was really there.

A friendly rock offered its help for a self portrait. Had to prove I was really there.

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Maltby Lake.

Maltby Lake.

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Upper Twin Lake.

Upper Twin Lake.

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First Light.

First light second day out.

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The Sawtooth Ridge at first light.

The Sawtooth Ridge at first light.

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On the way home.

On the way home.

***High widlflowers***

An eagle checks out the two legged visiting his ridge.

An eagle checks out the two legged visiting his ridge.

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Back over the ridge and down the 7 miles to the trailhead.

Back over the ridge and down the 7 miles to the trailhead.

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9 thoughts on “Eagle Creek

    • Thank you John. Your writings reflects your strong connection to the earth. You would have really enjoyed stepping onto the ridge line and being greeted by an eagle. I am thankful to be able to have been in such a pristine place.

  1. Reblogged this on Beats of Pieces and commented:
    The purple-headed mountain,
    The river running by,
    The sunset, and the morning,
    That brightens up the sky
    All things bright and beautiful
    The Lord God made them all!

    I wish I could magically appear in this beautiful place…right now! 🙂 Great photos Bruce Czopek!

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