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InjunCreek-Grapeyard Ridge, Saturday,Oct.25: Prepare for one possible wet stream crossing

October 23, 2014

I will bring a spare pair of socks , boot inserts and a towel. You may want to bring water shoes based on the following update: I scouted the beaten paths along Rhododendron and Injun Creeks with a dozen stream crossings on three different days. My scouting report says the crossings as dry and easy based on the first two scouts. On Thursday, October 16, after four days of continuous rains and thunderstorm with tornado warning on Tuesday , the first crossing within 20 minutes of trailhead was not so easy. Janet and Jane changed into water shoes and crossed the 8 ft stream. I managed to go dry with my Gortex ankle high boots and two poles on the rocks and muddy bank. Use your judgment to pack needed gear. Road distance between the trail-head and trail-end is only 0.75 miles. Trail-head has space for 2 cars and little space for all hiker gear. We may park all cars at the trailend and walk to the trailhead to make this a loop hike to minimize the shuttle time. Ashok

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