After my wet, cold, 20 miles run through the enchantments the weekend before, I was in desperate need of some sun. The first chance we got Kayuh and I headed up to Mountain Loop Highway to catch some fall colors and explore a trail I'd never heard of before.
Forgotten Meadows is a 10.5 mile out and back hike which starts at the Perry Creek Trailhead. This trail really has it all, old growth forest, wildflowers, waterfalls, meadows, expansive mountain views, even lakes. We started running through the old growth forest which soon opened up to a gully, full of fall colors and the steep rock slopes of Mt. Dickerman above us.
In another mile or so we reached Perry Falls and headed back into the woods. From there we crossed the stream and stayed to the right, heading up the steep climbers trail to the Meadows. After a steep climb, we broke out of the trees again we were surrounded by gorgeous Meadows full of wildflowers.
A little further up the trail we reached the high point of Forgotten Meadows. They really are quite perfect, spotted with tarns, more wild flowers, and 180° views of the surrounding peaks.
Taking full advantage of the warm fall weather I laid in the sun while Kayuh chased sticks and played in the tarns.
As the sun began to go down we headed back enjoying the sunset and scenery, full of gratitude for this beautiful day.
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Before attempting Forgotten Meadows, please visit WTA.com for hike difficulty, gear requirements, and recent trip reports.