This is the bridge over part of Slate Creek, near the trailhead.
In “the old days”, the continual washouts in this area created constant headache for maintaining the 4 miles of road up the valley to the Flapjack Lakes trail junction. I remember driving this road in the 60’s. The trail doesn’t look much like a roadbed anymore, but a lot of it is very rocky and un-trail-like as a result.
It was real busy on the trail up to the junction with the Flapjack Lakes trail. Most everyone was heading out at the end of the 3 day weekend. We thought that was a very good sign.
We made pretty good time … we had light packs for just an overnight. We got to Donahue Creek and stopped for filling water bottles and a light snack. A couple came down the trail and offered to take our photo. They were the last folks we saw until we reached Camp Pleasant. At the camp, there was a couple taking a break along the trail… but they soon headed out. We set up camp in the main, large campsite. Two 1 person tents and a tarp.