Kyle and I went on a creekwhacking (creek + buswhacking) trip in the Ventana Wilderness. We explore up Ventana Creek and Doolan's Hole creek. Traveling through Ventana Creek was easy.
Hiking up Doolan's Hole was very difficult. The creek was just a giant collection pit of dead wood. I have never seen so much dead wood in one creek. It took us several ours to hike the 1.5 miles out there. We would either climb up on a large redwood and walk over the 10-30 foot tall piles of dead wood or try and climb under everything. Some of the waterfalls were a little treacherous to get around and I slipped badly on one large wet log, almost slipping and falling down into a pit of log debris. Everything we stepped on was potentially loose and we to test it before putting our weight down. It was fun.
Mating banana slugs.
The Big Sur Wild and Scenic River.
Confluence of Ventana Creek and Doolan's Hole Creek
Huge log jams.
This is actually part of the creek. We had to climb over crazy things like this. Scrambling over dead trees.
Excessively smokey lunch break.
Camp on Doolan's Hole Creek.
More Redwood Sorrel.
Even more Redwood Sorrel.
Redwood Sorrel everywhere.
Waterfall. This was a little difficult to get around. We had to improvise some ropes to lower our packs and climb down.
Even more log jams.
Kandlbinder in the distance.