Thanks for all the positive comments, guys.
Randy, yeah, this is an area that you really want to slow down and savor. The water situation this year is lower than that of the other dozen or so times I’ve done the loop. Even so, I was able to hike it carrying no more than a liter at a time. Hikers will have no problem finding water on the eastern side of the loop, that is, along the Goose Creek Trail and the McCurdy Park trail. When you get over to the western side is when things get a little dicey. The group of hikers I mention in my story told me that they had come over the Lake Park trail and all they could find there was stagnant pond water. This may be a good year to try the alternate Brookside-McCurdy route. Not only do you avoid all the downed trees on the Lake Park trail, but you also have a source of flowing water from of branch of Hay Creek that crosses the trail just north of the intersection with the Lizard Rock Trail. There wasn’t much flow when I was there last week, but I was able to fill a 2L platy by using a scoop. The other source is also on the Brookside-McCurdy trail just north of the turn off to Lake Park. Again, it was just a trickle, but at least it was clean flowing water. With conditions being what they are, both of these sources could dry up quickly. So folks contemplating doing the loop should plan on doing it earlier rather than later.
Eugene, it’s exciting to hear that you have some trip reports in the pipeline. Knowing the quality of your photography and writing, I’m really looking forward to your posts.