8.2 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
I have finally accepted that fact that winter is here and I need to shift towards misty day hikes. I wanted to go somewhere quiet so we parked at Larch Mountain parking lot and walked a ways down the hill to the top of the Oneonta trail with the goal of wandering down to Bell Creek. Perfect day, we saw one other person, tons of mushrooms and hundreds of springs and creeks feeding Oneonta and Bell, a bog and lots of big trees.Around the Bell Creek crossing, for quite a ways there was no trail, just a creek. The downside? All uphill on the way back. Sure felt like more than the 1500 that it looks like on the map. Beautiful day!