|Date: June 5, 2003|
|Location Wenaha River Backpack - Day 1|
|Where: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness|
|Jeanette & Jim at the Elk Flat Trailhead|
This Chemeketan Backpacking Trip in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, was led by Allan King, and attended by Joanne DeMay, Bob Custer, Jeanette and myself.
The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, located in the far Northeast corner of Oregon, actually straddles the Oregon-Washington border. Our four-day, twenty-seven mile trip was from Elk Flats down along the Wenaha River Trail to the small town of Troy. We began by leaving a car at Troy and then driving up to the Elk Flats Trailhead where we camped the first night before hiking down into the Wenaha River canyon.
|Jeanette along the Elk Flat Trail|
We got an early start on Thursday morning and were quite pleased with the condition of the Elk Flats Trail as we hiked down into the canyon through beautiful pine forest. I was surprised at the lushness of the vegetation and stopped to take a lot of wildflowers photos, among which were, Woodland Strawberry, and Fairy Slipper. Reaching the Wenaha River we discovered we would have to make a crossing with out a bridge. With a combination of fording, and scrambling over log-jams we made the difficult crossing and collapsed by the bridge remains for lunch.
|lunch at the bridge remains|
After lunch we discovered we next had to ford the North Fork of the Wenaha River, which was much colder and in very short order we had to make yet a third stream crossing of Beaver Creek. We finished out our day some four miles later crossing Rock Creek to our campsite for a total of over 10 miles with 2740 feet of cumulative descent.
|Elk Flats a little tricky for Jeanette|
|Bob displays his creek crossing form|
|Paintbrush along the Elk Flats Trail|