“Follows Blakiston Creek, up Blakiston Valley to access ridges/peaks of the Continental Divide and lakes at their bases.”
— Joan Pendleton
River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildlife
The Blakiston Valley Trail trailhead is at Red Rock Canyon. The first section of the trail to Blakiston Falls
is very popular. After that, the crowds thin out and one is in the quiet of wilderness.
From the Red Rock Canyon parking area, go over the bridge that spans Red Rock Canyon, and turn left after crossing Red Rock Creek. The trail follows Red Rock Creek through a grassy area, and comes to where Red Rock Creek meets Bauerman Creek.
A sturdy bridge spans Bauerman Creek. After crossing Bauerman Creek, the trail turns right and enters a thick fir forest. It continues through the forest and arrives at Blakiston Creek. From there, without crossing Blakiston Creek, the trail veers right and begins following Blakiston Creek. After following the creek for a short ways, the trail arrives at the base of Blakiston Falls
There are a couple viewing platforms that extend out over Blakiston Creek along the way to Blakiston Falls
. One can get an exciting view of the rushing water and rapids from these viewing platforms. The second viewing platform offers an awesome view of Blakiston Falls
From Blakiston Falls
, one can continue hiking along the Blakiston Trail that follows Blakiston Creek to where it splits into smaller creeks with their sources high in the peaks of the Continental Divide. The climb is steady and continuous, growing steeper as you near the trail's end.
Blakiston Trail ends at a junction with several high country trails - Twin Lakes Trail, Lone Lake Trail, and Tamareck Trail.
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