I spent the weekend in the Hercules Glades Wilderness with a small group from the Sierra Club. It was my third visit but the first in the spring. I was hoping there would be a lot more water in Long’s Creek to provide a good show at “the falls” but it was not to be. Still, there was more water than in previous visits.We started out with the Pee’s Hollow loop – my first time on that trail – and camped near the north end of it around a small glade. With no campfire, moon, or clouds we had a great view of the stars – something I don’t get to see very often. The junction of the west leg of the loop with the Pilot trail is not marked and was pretty hard to recognize.
Saturday we finished Pee’s Hollow and headed west on Pilot then south on Cedar trails. We spent the second night near the falls and hiked-out Sunday on Long’s Creek trail back to the tower trail head.
The glades were still pretty brown and the only deciduous trees flowering were probably Serviceberry. There were lots of Wild Geraniums in bloom and I could see lots of Dogtooth Violet and Trillium foliage but very few were blooming yet.
The weather was a bit on the warm side (for backpacking) with highs in the mid 70s but we had no rain, few clouds, and lows in the 40’s so it was good overall.