Slab Camp – Three Forks – Deer Park Loop

May 7th 2016

This was a tough day hike I did with Isaac and Greg. It was around 18 miles and 6000 feet of elevation gain. We started at the Deer Ridge/Slab Camp trailhead and went down the Slab Camp trail to the river. We then got on the Gray Wolf trail and hiked up to Three Forks where we took a break at the shelter. After the break, we started up the Three Forks Trail to Deer Park where we had lunch. After lunch we headed up to the top of Blue Mountain where we took another long break and enjoyed the view from the top. Finally, traveling cross-country, we made our way over to the Deer Ridge Trail where we descended back down to the trailhead.

Slab Camp Trail
Slab Camp Trail
Slab Camp Trail
Gray Wolf Trail
Gray Wolf Trail
Gray Wolf Trail near Three Forks
Calypso orchid seen near the trail

Crossing the Gray Wolf River

Gray Wolf River crossing
Isaac crossing the Gray Wolf

Greg crossing over Cameron Creek

Cameron Creek Crossing

Cameron Creek Crossing

Three Forks Shelter
Three Forks Shelter
Three Forks Shelter
Phlox seen along the Three Forks Trail
Views from the Three Forks Trail in the old burn area
I believe this is a Viola Adunca (Early Blue Violet). Please leave a comment below if you can confirm or if you know it to be otherwise.
Entering Deer Park
Entering Deer Park
At Deer Park we enjoyed taking in the views and watching the deer as we ate lunch.
There's good reason why they call it Deer Park
Deer Park
Uhhh, yeah. Deer Park
Fearless Deer at Deer Park
After lunch, we headed cross country up to the top of Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain
Summit of Blue
Summit of Blue
Panorama from the Summit of Blue Mt.

360 degree video from the Summit of Blue

Bench Mark
Staring the long descent back to the trailhead.
Those deer were everywhere up there that day.
I believe these were grass widow but I might be mistaken.
Heading down Blue Mountain
This is my favorite part of the Deer Ridge Trail
This is my favorite part of the Deer Ridge Trail
This is my favorite part of the Deer Ridge Trail
Going down the Deer Ridge trail.
The view from the Deer Ridge Trail
Deer Ridge Trail
Isaac on the Deer Ridge Trail
Descending through the forest on the Deer Ridge Trail
Rhodies on the Deer Ridge Trail
Back at the trailhead

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