Hi everyone! So today I went on a morning hike - The West side railroad trail to the north fork of the Tuolumne River. The history of the place is that it ran from 1898 until 1960's by the West Side Lumber Company. The goal of the original track was to build a flume to float logs from deep within the Stanislaus National Forest to the mill, however that proved impossible due to the steep and rugged canyons of the mountains. So they build this railroad to hall fresh cut timbers from the forests to the mills.
It was a beautiful hike. Only had one fright when a pair of mating California king snakes tumbled across my path but other than that it was a great walk.
At the start of the trail there were some of the most marvelous spring flowers :
And of course the local wildlife feeding from them :
Then I ran into some other critters :
Hard to see here, but there is a lizard on the tree :
Then, I got some great landscape shots :
About 3 miles in is a nice place to rest :
And the view from there :
The actual tracks :
My fright :
And the walk back :
And, ME of course :