On Getting Lost

It was early June, and the trail had seen only a few hikers this season. This of course meant that the Chilliwack valley was a mess with dense overgrowth covering the trail. I was on day three of my Copper Ridge Loop hike and was setting out from Indian Creek Camp. The map showed two river crossings before seven miles of a 4000 ft elevation gain. The thing about river crossings is that it can be difficult to pick up the trail on the other side. Rivers will change in both depth and in course and with that the banks will shift and a place that at one point was possible to ford may not be anymore. This causes hikers to beat a path up and down the bank looking for the best way to cross. I came t

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