84 – 1,000 Puddles/Edfro Creek

With the arrival of rainy season in the Pacific Northwest, hiking a trail named 1,000 Puddles Trail seemed most appropriate. This trail was a great choice as we were protected from the drizzle by the forest canopy. The trail meanders through land preserved by the Whatcom Land Trust and along the bank of South Fork of the Nooksack River.

1,000  Puddles trailhead . ..

1,000 Puddles trailhead . ..

The fall colors were beautiful and thousands of leaves blanketed our path.

Autumn leaves . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

Autumn leaves . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

The forest is thick and plush with moss covered trees forming beautiful arches.

Moss covered arches . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

Moss covered arches . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

Bringing aong the fishing gear, after a picnic along the shore of the scenic river, we took a fishing break.

Fishing . . . South Fork of the Nooksack River

Fishing . . . South Fork of the Nooksack River

While a majority of the 1,000 Puddles trail is on land preserved by the Whatcom Land Trust, a small portion passes through lands owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR); and as you can see, that area managed by the DNR had been recently clearcut.

Clearcut area on DNR lands

Clearcut area on DNR lands

Edfro Creek is one of the many creeks flowing into the South Fork of the Nooksack River, and a moss-covered log along the trail formed our bridge.

Bridge of logs over Edfro Creek . . .

Bridge of logs over Edfro Creek . . .

It took a bit of digging around on the Internet to locate driving directions and information about the 1,000 Puddles/Edfro Creek trail, but I did find one trip report from 2010 on the Washington Trails Association website (go here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2010-04-05.6904199295 to see that), and a few mentions of the trail can also be found on the Whatcom Land Trust website (here – http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/).

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