It was another day heading off into the Gorge. I grabbed my usual pictures as we headed to Bridge of the Gods.
That day our goals were on the Washington side, so off we went across the bridge. Snow was still resting on the tops of the mountains.
Our first stop was a little gem that sadly has no trail. The hardest part here is merely avoiding poison oak and balancing on rocks.
Getting to the top view isn't too bad, although the bottom view is a bit more tricky.
As always it's worth it, here's Spirit Falls. Thankfully this year the sun wasn't blowing out the picture.
|#73 Spirit Falls (bushwhack ~ access moderate)|
And back up we went. Definitely one way to work in some cardio.
We drove on and stopped off at Cook Falls. Not quite what I'd consider an official waterfall, but since it has historical value so its still considered one.
|#74 Cook Falls (roadside ~ easy access)|
Next up we found ourselves at Dog Creek. The sun was phases in and out which kept the potential open for good waterfall shots.
The path is a short one to Dog Creek Falls, but it still is pretty.
|# 75 Dog Creek Falls (trail ~ easy access)|
Above this falls we had heard of another called Fan Falls. The canyon is pretty cliffed out, so we went up the left side trying to find a way through. It didn't get any better the further up we went. Back we went to look for another way.
Eventually Timothy found a ledge that was big enough to walk on. It was slightly tilted which at first seemed ok. Unfortunately the ledge started to get narrower and I pretty much fell apart when we got to a rock outcropping where there was a foot of no ledge I had to step over. Timothy managed to get me over it even with me shaking in terror. Yes, I am afraid of heights. On the other side Timothy looked for a better alternative, but he only found another hurdle. With no ropes he had to walk me through scaling down a 15 foot wall. I amazed even my self.
After getting me down that Timothy continued to scout the area. Unfortunately he discovered that Fan Falls was on the other side of a rock outcropping. The only view was on the other side of the freezing cold creek water.
|Fan Falls fail...|
|Dog Creek Falls from above (access crazy without rope)|
Off of an old dirt road we found Carson Creek and started working out way down. The brush was a bit thick at time.
Although we got to Carson Creek Falls without any crazy rock ledges to scale, yay!
|# 76 Carson Creek Falls (bushwhack ~ moderate access)|
On to the last stretch we made our way to Sweeney Falls. Usually there is a rope to get past this one steep part, but this time we found some steps. Not sure how long they'll last. It made this day easier though.
|# 77 Sweeney Falls (off-trail ~ easy access)|
Without much ado we reach Crayfish Falls. It was a little scary grabbing this shot, although it was worth it.
|# 78 Crayfish Falls (bushwhack ~ moderate access)|