FEATHER FALLS

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DAREDEVILS ONLY

I was hoping to get to three waterfalls this past weekend. I managed to get to two of them, both of which I had not been to before. The third one (Big Kimshew) I had been to before so it was not a huge loss to miss it, but the road to the big falls was very muddy with huge puddles that I did not feel like driving my SUV through, so I decided to skip it.

I was actually a bit surprised I could drive as far as I did. The road was rough and slow going. It is a very long drive as well. When I arrived at the gate, it was still a bit before sunrise, so I was ahead of schedule. That would soon change.

As I hiked down the road, I thought the first waterfall would be quick and easy. It seemed that way on Google Earth. It seemed that you could even see it from the road. Not so. I had to cut off the road and go straight down through the woods. Fortunately, there was no poison oak. As I approached the top of the waterfall, the terrain became rather cliffy. It was very cold and the ground was icy. I needed to be extremely careful. I decided to keep going downstream, looking for an easier path down to the creek, then cut back to the falls. This worked well enough, but was unnecessary and took much longer. I could have gone straight down to the falls from the road. I went right down to creek level below the falls, but soon realized this was a mistake. I could not see the waterfall from there. I went back up, and found a little ledge right in front of the waterfall. It was cold. It was icy. There was a huge amount of spray from the falls, but it was pretty cool, and I managed to get a decent photo of it. Check out my last post to see it, and my website for more info. The waterfall is 59 ft. high, it is a cool one, and I am sure very few people have ever seen this falls before, as it is very well hidden. All this took a lot of time and effort, and by the time I got back up to the road, it was much later than I hoped. I still had a 5 mile hike one way to the second waterfall.

The rest of the hike was all on the road, but it descended 1300 feet down to the river in those 5 miles. I was not sure about the sun, but I suspected I was going to be late arriving at the falls. I decided to jog the last 3 miles downhill to the river to make up some time. As it turned out, it was completely unnecessary, I had plenty of time, but I was not sure, so I jogged. At least it was downhill.

However, I was also wearing a heavy pack, so this was a bit hampering. I jogged slowly. Why was I wearing a big pack? Good question, and again, it turned out to be completely unnecessary.

All the photos I have seen of Lower Big Kimshew Falls seemed to be taken from far away, the falls seemed obscured by the rocks and terrain, and there was a big huge pool in front of the falls. I wondered how I could get up close to the falls. I thought I could perhaps do it if I brought my raft and paddled up close to the falls. So yes, I lugged my big raft 5 miles down to the waterfall (and back up afterwards).

When I got down there, I was confused. It was actually very easy to walk right up close to the falls. There was no need for the raft at all. I carried it all that way for nothing. Also, the falls was not obscured by the rocks. This was mind boggling to me, it did not really make any sense. It did not even look like the photos I had seen prior. I think that because there was more flow in the creek today, it just flowed right over the rocks. This is a good thing. It was just confusing to my pee brain. I also thought the waterfall would be a bit bigger. It is only 16 feet high. Not a huge one by any means, but I am glad I finally came down to see it nonetheless. I saw a rope swing beside the falls, so I think it is a good swimming hole in the summer (if you know how to get here). Of course, the creek is also popular with the daredevil kayakers. This little 16 ft high drop might be a piece of cake for them, but there are much bigger waterfalls upstream from here, one or two of which I have still not seen (yet).

Another thing I found out which I had not known, and made me very happy about the route I had taken: The bridge over the West Branch Feather River was in utter shambles and closed off. I think it has been like this for quite awhile, but I had no idea. No one ever mentioned this to me before. I would not have wanted to try to cross the bridge. If you are one of those daredevils, then yes I suppose it could be crossed all right, but it looked extremely dangerous to me. The only reason I went the way I did is because I wanted to also see that first waterfall. I am sure glad I did.

After my hike was done and I was driving back down that rough road back to Oroville, I came across a couple road bikers that were locked out of their vehicle. They asked me if I had a screwdriver so they could pry open a window and get into their truck. All they had to open their truck was a remote key and it had dead batteries, so they could not get into it! I don’t know but if you ask me, and that is your only way to get into your vehicle, you sure better have a backup plan in case your remote batteries die and you are way out in the middle of the wilderness with no cell phone coverage and no other people around. You know what I am saying? Well lucky for them I did have a screwdriver, and they were able to use it to pry open the window successfully. They were sure grateful.

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FALL CREEK

Fall Creek Falls, 59 ft. high. See my website for info on this new discovery. Story is coming in the next post.

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MORRIS LAKE FALLS

Please watch my video from Morris Lake Falls, Lassen National Forest. Thank you!
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THE ONE, THE ONLY

I have always wanted a great sunrise shot of Shasta from this location. On our way up to Canada, it looked like the clouds were going to finally provide it, and the timing was right. So I stopped to take a photo. The rest of the family stayed sleeping in the car while I walked down to the lake. It is an easy walk, though I somehow managed to rip my pants, and get them all dirty, and got lost on the way back to the car afterwards (not really but I missed the path to the parking lot). The color just did not show up in the clouds as I hoped. There was just a tiny bit. It is still a lovely shot, but I still need to come back again.

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