We had just walked the Trough Trail and we were on our way to do Crescent Lake. We saw the Tepee Creek trailhead but drove right by it, wondering what it was. Just then, a train came and blocked our path so we turned around to go check out the trail. We were really glad we took the time.
We aired down and headed up, and we didn't see a single person on the whole trail. It started out as a very mellow and easy trail through the trees, and we hoped it went somewhere interesting. The sign said it was only two miles long.
We turned left at one point and found ourselves at the bottom of a rocky hill. The trail got a lot more fun as we climbed it, and then flexed a little on a few rocks here and there.
The dirt around us turned white, like some sort of mining residue. It looked like we were wheeling on the moon. We also caught our first big view of the valley around us.
We kept going, and suddenly we were surrounded by signs noting that the trail ended there. We got out to stretch our legs and take some pictures of the great views. The topo maps showed the trail continuing all over the area, but it's closed now.
We headed back down and turned to go to Burns and head up to Crescent Lake. This ended up being a nice trail along the way.