Brice Creek/Trestle Falls

February 25, 2004

Dana Furgerson, Max Brown, Lucy & Karen Rayle, David Becker, Jack Downs and I set out to see the waterfalls in the Brice Creek drainage east of Cottage Grove prepared for a wet day. Plans were adjusted when we came upon a tree across the road just beyond the Cedar Creek Campground. The exploration of the unfinished Marten Flume Loop trail, and the visit to Parker Falls were dropped as we now needed to hike out and back on the 2½ mile stretch of the Brice Creek trail between Cedar Creek and Lund Park.

I sent Dave in the lead, leaving me free to do sweep and straggle behind so I could mark down the locations of all the downed trees for the Cottage Grove Ranger District. The day turned out to be not as wet as expected, with only a few sprinkles and even some blue sky and sunshine in the afternoon. A satisfyingly great amount of water was cascading over the falls. We lunched at the rough benches midway down the east leg of the Upper Trestle Creek trail, making it short due to the chilly weather.

By the time we returned to Cedar Creek, someone had cut a section out of the tree across the road, and the car which had been stuck on the far side was gone. Had we waited a half an hour or so, we might have be able to do the hike as planned . . . Oh Well, we’ll try again next year.

—Wayne Deeter

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