Hiking: Icicle Gorge Loop (8/11/19)

Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019

HIKING: ICICLE GORGE LOOP
AGE 4, MONTH 12
AUG 11 (2019)

This hike was on my ‘to-do’ list this summer, and we just happened to do it on August 11th…which was my due date with Todd five years ago.

The last time Eric and I hiked the gorge was July 5, 2014, when I was ~35 weeks pregnant. Although the trail is basically flat, I remember feeling much more tired back then! I’m sure the temperature outside was warmer five years ago, however, this day in August was nice and cool!

Elisa at ~35 weeks pregnant – July 5, 2014

Todd set the pace (i.e.. slow), but he did cover the full 4.40 miles and without a complaint! Hiking with him meant that we had time to see various wildlife that we’d normally just blow past. Let’s get started…

Eric & Todd – August 11, 2019
Todd & Elisa – August 11, 2019
Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019
Elisa & Todd selfie – August 11, 2019
He peed 4x during the hike! – August 11, 2019
Eric – August 11, 2019
Eric & Todd – August 11, 2019
Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019
Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019
Eric & Todd – August 11, 2019
Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019

We stopped on the bridge at Rock Island Campground so that Todd could throw pieces of French bread into the creek for the fish…

Icicle Creek from the bridge at Rock Island Campground – August 11, 2019
Close up of Grindstone Mountain – August 11, 2019
View of Grindstone Mountain / Icicle Ridge – August 11, 2019
Todd poses with the pine – August 11, 2019
Elisa – August 11, 2019
Elisa & Todd – August 11, 2019
Pine trees – August 11, 2019
Eric & Todd – August 11, 2019

This was an inviting spot to stop. After we’d been there for a while, some fellow hikers told us they saw a small bear on the part of the trail that we’d already travelled on.

Bridge over the tributary – August 11, 2019
Jack Creek? – August 11, 2019
Eric – August 11, 2019
Jack Creek? – August 11, 2019

While Todd threw rocks in the creek, Eric found a Northern Alligator lizard.

Northern Alligator Lizard – August 11, 2019
View of Grindstone Mountain / Icicle Ridge – August 11, 2019
Todd – August 11, 2019

While crossing a small bridge, Todd confidently stated his desire to feed some fish with the French bread we brought. And– sure enough, there were several fish in the small brook, as well as a water snake (Todd says, ‘fish snake’). Indeed, the bread was eaten by the fish!

Fish – August 11, 2019
Trout Creek? – August 11, 2019

Next, we stopped to watch a larva crawl up a cut log…

Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019
River – August 11, 2019
Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019

I asked Eric to take a picture of me with Todd on the same log that I sat on when I was pregnant…

Elisa & Todd – August 11, 2019
The walls of the gorge – August 11, 2019
Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019
River – August 11, 2019

Crossing this bridge is my favorite part of the loop.

Icicle Creek – August 11, 2019
Bridge over the gorge – August 11, 2019
Bridge over the gorge – August 11, 2019
View from the parking area/trailhead – August 11, 2019

I asked Todd to give me a ‘thumbs up’ for completing the full loop…

Thumbs up for hiking the whole loop! – August 11, 2019

After the hike, we went to Munchen Haus in Leavenworth. They now have Field Roast and Beyond Sausage. I tried the Beyond Sausage and loved it! Both options make a delicious vegan wurst.

Beyond Sausage at Munchen Haus – August 11, 2019
Todd – August 11, 2019

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