Last week Tom and I decided to hike up to both Irely Lake and Wolf Bar. We had a perfect day with salmon berries, blueberries, and huckleberries all ripe and delicious. It was like a smorgasbord of berries! Sadly, the National Park isn’t doing much to maintain the trails right now, so they’re a bit overgrown with vegetation and in some places the trail has washed out completely, so you’ll want to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. Irely Lake was really at it’s best. There were lots of little frogs hopping around in front of us as we hiked. You’ll have to get back in your car and drive farther up to the end of the road to start the hike to Wolf Bar. There is no longer a sign that lets you know when you’ve reached the primitive Wolf Bar campground, so you’ll need to roughly know your hiking pace to judge the 2.5 miles when you turn off to cross the sand bar to get to the river. Some possible landmarks to watch out for: about two miles in, on the right you will see some large log jams in the dry river bed. Then you will turn away from the river a bit and start heading up a hill (which makes you think you’ve gone too far!) You’ll come out to a level area and there will be a small side path heading off to the right. Follow that path and go across the dry sandy area until you get to the water. Take out your lunch (unless you’ve already eaten too many berries!) and enjoy this beautiful serene spot!