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Fri, Dec 20 2019 - Sweetwater Creek Eastside Trails and Mill Ruins (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Holt Ward
Participants:Holt Ward, Rocky M, Dan Space R, Karen, Sherrie G, Allan, Jennifer W, Evy, Neil, Connie C, Jean


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Todays hike at Sweetwater Creek started in the winter chill but as we headed up the numerous hill in the park, layers started coming off.  On the way down to the bridge to cross Sweetwater Creek, we diverted to see the grave and homestead ruins of Angus Ferguson who ran a sawmill and brick making business that supplied materials used to build the Sweetwater Mill. 

We then crossed the creek and started exploring the variety of trails there.  We did the entire blue loop and parts of the orange and yellow trails.  Along the way we passed the cave used by native americans and took a short spur trail out along the creek where we got a great view of the Sweetwater mill from across the creek.  We headed back to the westside of the creek were we made our way to the mill itself and discussed how the mill operated.  One last jaunt back on the white trail and we arrived back at our cars.  The 3 hour hike clocked in at 7 miles, and about 1000 feet of elevation gain.  ~ Holt