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This "basecamp-style" trip involved a short hike in from the parking lot to a beautiful site at the confluence of the two forks of Red Creek

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A view of the 3 mile route, compliments of Google Earth

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The elevation profile for the hikes in and out

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Arrived at the Red Creek parking area Friday afternoon in beautiful weather

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Ready to depart at 4:30pm

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The nearby Blackbird Knob trailhead

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Less than two miles to the Upper Red Creek Trail intersection

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After a 20 minute hike through the forest, a first look at the open highlands

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Even at this late date, some snow persists on a few of the eastern slopes. The elevation here is about 3,800 feet.

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The trails are uncharacteristically dry (for Dolly Sods)

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Arriving at one of the most beautiful camp sites in the Dolly Sods wilderness

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The site has been "improved" with a fire ring and rock furniture

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The AireFrame pitches quickly in advance of the forecasted rain storms

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Another view of the shelter and surroundings

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A look down Red Creek towards its junction with its Left Fork

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The rain began early Saturday morning and continued until late Sunday morning, when the sun finally emerged

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A view downstream from a rock near the middle of Red Creek

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The site has been cleared of gear Sunday morning in preparation for departure

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The return hike involves negotiating some steep trail segments

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After two days of rain, the trails are back to normal (at least for Dolly Sods)

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Even after the rain, it's still possible to cross Red Creek with dry feet

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A few of the flowering trees near the Blackbird Knob Trail

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Arrived at the trailhead about noon on Sunday

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