Down is Good

Jackstraw Springs to Forsee Creek Trailhead via Trail Fork Springs
(7.7 miles, +1,100/-3,600 feet).

In the morning it was nice to see what we could not last night when we arrived in the dark.

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So that’s what our camp looks like!

We got some water from the springs and hit the trail.

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Runoff from Jackstraw Springs

It was slow going, with the altitude seeming to take a toll on Jay.

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Break time!
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Moon over the trail

We found a few little patches of snow, but nothing we couldn’t avoid.

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Oh no snow!

We made it up to Trail Fork Springs around 9am.  They were surrounded by a beautiful thicket.

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Do we have to climb any more?
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Jay fills up from the piped spring
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Jay in a thicket

Jay thought he would feel better, but even sitting was not helping enough.  He said “you go on, I’ll just take a nap here.”  I replied, “No way Jose!”  We decided to head back down together, and I hoped the elevation loss would improve his condition.

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Yes, down is good!

It took us a few hours, but we made it back down to the trailhead where Jay felt much better.  Although it is not what we planned, it was still a beautiful trip and we got to spend lots of time together.  We will definitely do another trip in future (though maybe some place a little lower!).

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We can breathe again!
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