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Title: Douglas Trail to Eagle's Nest
Post by: copper creek on January 05, 2014, 06:43:03 AM
I hiked up to Eagle's Nest yesterday along the Douglas Trail.  I've become a bit of a plant nerd and enjoy not only the beauty of the forest, river, hills and views, but also I like identifying plants along the way.  The wild flowers are gone, but there is always something interesting to see.  Sometimes you find something rare and unusual; it's like going on a plant safari.

Red River
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/coppercreek-bucket/054_zps6149f2f7.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/coppercreek-bucket/media/054_zps6149f2f7.jpg.html)

I think this is Canadian/American Yew, an ice age remnant, rarely found this far south.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/coppercreek-bucket/052_zps210216cf.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/coppercreek-bucket/media/052_zps210216cf.jpg.html)

Ice pile at the bottom of the falls, maybe 8 feet tall and twice as wide.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/coppercreek-bucket/021_zpsc5835c33.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/coppercreek-bucket/media/021_zpsc5835c33.jpg.html)

View from the top.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/coppercreek-bucket/027_zpsd8257410.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/coppercreek-bucket/media/027_zpsd8257410.jpg.html)

These small ferns (Bradley Spleenworts) are attached to the cracks in the sandstone rock.   They are relatively uncommon.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/coppercreek-bucket/040_zpsb40fb5b1.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/coppercreek-bucket/media/040_zpsb40fb5b1.jpg.html)

With the cold temperatures, the ice will continue to form and make for some great ice formations.  Get out and enjoy.
Title: Re: Douglas Trail to Eagle's Nest
Post by: Tula1953r on January 05, 2014, 12:55:47 PM
Copper creek...Thanks for the pictures and the trail report. Sitting here in Colorado wondering what the Gorge looked like with the snow reports I have been seeing on the news lately. I miss that area!
Title: Re: Douglas Trail to Eagle's Nest
Post by: hungrybear on January 05, 2014, 01:28:22 PM
Thanks, love the pictures of snow in the gorge.

Is the waterfall there seasonal? I went up there on 9/20/13 didn't see them. Are the falls are in the big "V" shaped gouge that you go through to get to the top or are they somewhere else? (Pm is fine if you prefer).

Based on your picture and topos, this is where I thought there were supposed to be:

(http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af26/charleskowen/9_20/th_IMG_20130921_144138_zps936513e3.jpg) (http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af26/charleskowen/9_20/IMG_20130921_144138_zps936513e3.jpg)

Here is a picture I took from the top in September.  Don't mean to steal your thread but I enjoy seeing the same overlook in different seasons.

(http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af26/charleskowen/9_20/th_Eagle_Point_Buttress_zpsbe1404bd.jpg) (http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af26/charleskowen/9_20/Eagle_Point_Buttress_zpsbe1404bd.jpg)
Title: Re: Douglas Trail to Eagle's Nest
Post by: copper creek on January 05, 2014, 02:18:13 PM
Yes the falls are a wet weather falls and your location is correct.  Here is a picture from Spring a few years back.

(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/coppercreek-bucket/rrg12-15-07021.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/coppercreek-bucket/media/rrg12-15-07021.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Douglas Trail to Eagle's Nest
Post by: Bazinga on January 05, 2014, 09:13:26 PM
Went to the gorge 01/04/2014.  Hiked out to Silvermine Arch.  Lots of icicles behind the arch.  Beautiful day with all the snow.
Title: Re: Douglas Trail to Eagle's Nest
Post by: Mark W on January 06, 2014, 09:54:38 PM
Awesome pictures everybody. Great to see so many people out there enjoying the Gorge!
Title: Re: Douglas Trail to Eagle's Nest
Post by: Ascentionist on January 12, 2014, 10:17:26 AM
Have to check the date but I was probably up there the same day.  Hiked Douglas, up the left side of the buttress, across the top of the cliffs and then down the right side through the big amphitheater and out.