Day 19: Silverwood Lake
From Deep Creek Hot Springs mile 307.9 to Cleghorn Picnic Area on Silverwood Lake at mile 328.1
20.2 miles today. First 4 or so were coming out of the canyon into broad hills. Much of the day was in recently burned areas, not super pretty.
The last 4 miles were circling Silverwood Lake, up above it perhaps 200 feet or so. I took a side trail down to a picnic area with running water and flush toilets. Made a dinner under a pavilion and then rains began. Camping is not allowed here so I am a criminal. The rain shower stopped for now so I set up my tent behind some thick brush, out of sight from the roads and buildings. A few minutes ago I went up to use the bathroom and coming out I saw park ranger and scurried into the underbrush to avoid being seen. I am not moving again today!
Love the dam photo, Jon! Glad you weren’t found and kicked on down the trail in the rain!