Went out to Timber for the 1st time to check out the Wolf creek trestle hike. The driving direction were pretty good until the last turn, couldn't find the track. Had to backtrack and pull out the map and discovered if I had just went another mile I would have found it the first time. I parked my truck on the one road that dead ends in a big circle parking lot instead of parking on the siding road next to the tracks. The other mistake I made was heading west on the south track instead of heading west along the track road on the north set of tracks. The south track ends up dead ending on a logging road but there is a caboose you can climb into, full of rodent feces. After backtracking yet again I headed west on the north tracks. There are a couple of tunnels and trestles to pass thru/over. The tunnels can be done without a light if you take your time but my headlamp kept me from having any issues. Some elk droppings and deer tracks but no animals. The road from Timber to the tracks is gravel and ok for car traffic, today it was still muddy but cars were easily making it in. Nice day on the trail (aren't they always ). In the areas where the track has been undercut and left hanging in mid-air there was always an easy side trail to get around. Here are a few pics.
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That is interesting about the caboose. First I've ever heard of it. I'll have to go and check it out one of these days. I did the whole traverse in one day, doing a shuttle hike from Cochran to Salmonberry. That is a beautiful stretch and it is amazing to see the raw power of nature in all its fury. Those trestles are neat to walk across too.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW-What a ride!
Brush on the tracks was not too bad but in the next couple weeks when the leaves all become full size it will definitely limit the view and feel like walking in a green tunnel through some sections. I will probably wait until the fall to go out here again.