Echo River LoopToday, I was given permission to go off on a solo hike. I would rather be out in our new canoe with Noelle and Sierra, but extremely high winds were forecast for the day. I figured that at least the high winds would blow the mosquitoes away, and so I headed out towards Crane Lake, where I turned at the large voyageur statue,
The trailhead parking lot is pretty large, but there isn't a sign there. I ended up driving past it to the end of County Road 424. When I reached a resort at the end of the road I realized my mistake and headed back to the parking area. The trailhead itself is just across the road.
There were lots of wildflowers in bloom along the trail. There was the standard bunchberry,
Soon enough I found myself at another trail junction, a left hand turn led to Herriman Lake. However, for this hike I headed straight ahead on the trail signed as the Echo River Loop.
As I headed back into the woods, the trail became more overgrown. Luckily there were some cairns marking the route every now and then.
From this point the trail traversed lots of exposed bedrock.
At one point I found a nice table and chair constructed out of rock to take a rest on.