Similar but Different
A few weeks ago we hiked the the lower/downstream portion of this trail and it was really pretty amazing. This upper part was surprisingly different.
On the plus side, this section has more mossy trailside cliffs, a few more waterfalls and seeps, maybe a little less elevation gain, less falling hazards, and a reach of the river called “The Narrows”. There is one place where you pass behind a waterfall in a bit of a “cave”. On the minus side, there was a bit of walking next to the road and under power lines. The old-growth was a little nicer on the lower portion, but there were some really nice open, cathedral-like stands on this part too.
The Narrows is visible from the main road as you drive in and it consists of a narrowing of the river channel between basalt mounds. It’s a great place to stop for lunch.
Kate couldn’t/wouldn’t make the crossing of Pup Creek Falls to tie our hikes together (it was pretty high), but I’d guess we’ve only missed about 30 yards of trail.
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- 9.7 mi
- 4 hrs 4 min
- 4 hrs 41 min
- 2.4 mph
- 2.1 mph
- 29:09 min/mi
- 37 min
- 1011 ft
- 1035 ft