The next morning, after a big breakfast in Field, I drove the short distance to the trailhead. The parking area is several 100m north of the Ottertail River and the trail is an old fire road. It climbs gently through the forest and after a while comes out onto a bench high above the river. It continues climbing with long level sections between short hills loosing hardly any elevation until just before Float Creek. There it drops steeply down to the river loosing 85m, more than any previous climb. Soon it regains most of the elevation in one long switchback. After that it continuos well away from the river with more small up and downs, the biggest loss being maybe more than 25m. The total elevation loss is at least 120m, maybe close to 150m. The net elevation gain from Hwy to camp is about 300m. I had made many short rests, so the 15km took me 4 1/4hours.
After crossing Mc Arthur Creek it is only a couple 100m to the campsite. At the trailhead there had been one car with a bike rack, but I met nobody and at the camp I was indeed by myself and had a choice of about 10 tent pads. I chose the one closest to a small trail leading down to the river for water. After a late lunch and setting up my tent I went up the valley to look for the Ottertail Falls. Only100m beyond the campsite is a clearing with the... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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