Overnight Hike to Bonnell Flat

IMG_1958The last hurrah of summer turned into an easy backpacking hike along the Pine Creek Rails-to-Trails with the two oldest grandsons. The three of us started at the Whitetail Access Area and hiked to the camping area at Bonnell Flat.

Tall mountain trees shade most of this section of trail, making it a good hiking choice during the hot humid days of August, especially for this grandma who can’t handle the heat anymore.

We hiked up one day and back the next, only a two-hour walk each way.

Grandsons and I hiked  the rails-to-trails along Pine Creek from Whitetail to Bonnell Flat.

Walking across an old railroad bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from  the old railroad bridge, looking up Pine Creek.

The view from the old railroad bridge, looking up Pine Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down Pine Creek

Looking down Pine Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After several weeks of dry summer weather, only a  few mountain streams trickled down to the trail.

After several weeks of dry summer weather, only a few mountain streams trickled down to the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our campsite at Bonnell Flat...only five sites in our area. Three other sites, each with a lean-to, sat a short walk down a grassy roadway. The only restrooms were the glorified pit toilets up by the rails-to-trails  path.

Our campsite at Bonnell Flat…only five sites in this section. Three other sites, each with a lean-to, sat a short walk down a grassy roadway. The only restrooms were the glorified pit toilets up by the rails-to-trails path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from our campsite, overlooking the creek.

The view from our campsite, overlooking Pine Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The boys enjoyed cooling off in the creek.

The boys enjoyed cooling off in the creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical boys, they found some kind of water bug clinging to the rock.

Typical boys, they found some kind of water bug clinging to the rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking up Pine Creek from the swimming hole.

Looking up Pine Creek from the swimming hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apparently this blue heron lived close by, we saw the bird both days.

Apparently this blue heron lived close by, we saw the bird both days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnell Flat is located at the upper end of the once-upon-a-time boys scout Camp Kline. When a Boy Scout, about 50 years ago, Hubby and friends went to Camp Kline. Although the Camp Kline has been gone for decades, the old flag pole still stands.

Bonnell Flat is located at the upper end of the once-upon-a-time Boy Scout Camp Kline. When a Scout, about 50 years ago, Hubby and his friends went to Camp Kline. Although the Boy Scout camp has been gone for decades, the old flag pole still stands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
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