Kentucky Falls

May 22, 1994

On a beautiful Sunday morning, we started off in my 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 sedan to Kentucky Falls. As we went along, we basked in the sunny weather and talked of times past. At the turn-off just before Mapleton, we turned and proceeded along the Siuslaw Creek for a few miles. After gaining elevation of about 2000 ft., we were treated to a spectacular panoramic view of the Cascades and Pacific Coast Range. Upon arriving at the Kentucky Falls parking/trailhead area, we proceeded to the falls. On the trail, we observed different plant and tree life that horde this area. Along the way we followed Kentucky Creek down to its beautiful Upper Falls and, after two miles, the great climactic Lower Falls. The trail was well kept and the hike down was pleasant. Arriving at the spectacular Kentucky Falls (on the right) and Clark Creek Falls (on the left), we were spellbound by the cascading 80-ft. falls. We did some exploring around and even hiked up to the falls as close as possible. After eating lunch and enjoying the area for a few hours, we began our journey back to the top. The hike back has a way of testing one’s stamina and endurance! At the car, we prepared ourselves for the journey via north of Reedsport through Florence and back to Eugene. At Kentucky Falls were Brent Foust, Rebecca Hansen and leader Fred Foust.

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