After the Stryen Creek bridge the next four kilometers of
trail are open boulder strewn pine flats giving away to moister Douglas
fir forest with more undergrowth. A campsite is located at about the
2-kilometer point and another just before the Devil's Staircase.
There are two talus (large rock) slope crossings, the first
one is 300 meters long giving way to large boulders and an open area
with a seasonal creek that floods over trail in spring. The second talus
slope is about 200 meters long to the TeePee campsite.
The Earl Creek crossing is a bridge made of two logs and
a handrail. The trail is good over the flats until about 12-kilometer
where trail is a rocky surface and follows closely along southern bank
of Stein River. Yet another talus slope which requires careful footing,
then an open clearing and a small creek to cross. Cable crossing (over
Stein River) to be used by one person at a time.
The Stein River Floodplain in spring promotes the ascent
of Snake Bluffs. Use caution traversing the loose material covering
the steep rock sections of Snake Bluffs. When you get back down to the
floodplain the wet area continues for approximately 300 meters, stay
at the foot of the hill and watch your footing. Fir and birch are prominent
in this area. Ponderosa Creek has two crossings; one is a two-log crossing
the second a single, flattened log with a handrail. The campsite is
just west of the creek crossing.
This section of trail is boggy and thickly vegetated. Cross
300 meters of talus slope west of Swamp Bluffs. Burnt Cabin Creek has
a four-log bridge crossing. Burnt Cabin Creek to trail junction starts
off rocky then a section of swamp; next an easy section of trail. Take
south trail to Cottonwood crossing and campsite, the north trail goes
to Blowdown Pass.
More blowdowns to Mid-Canyon Camp where you overlook Avalanche
Creek, upward to High View Camp. Some side-hilling after High View Camp
then downhill to Island Camp and a short distance to #3 Cable Crossing.
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