Kentucky Falls

May 16, 2010

The five hikers shoehorned into one car and left Lowe’s parking lot promptly at 8:00 a.m. As we drove the mountain road on the way to Kentucky Falls, we enjoyed the expansive views both to the east and west, even though we had to look beyond the massive clear cut right next to the road. We were ready to hike by 9:45 a.m. and set a brisk pace down the trail. We stopped to enjoy Upper Kentucky Falls, impressive with a good amount of water coming over the falls and cascading on down the creek. At the bottom we were rewarded to two equally impressive waterfalls, Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork Falls. After carefully picking our way across slippery rocks to a clearing and a park bench, we took a short break to rest and take in the view of the two waterfalls. Since it was too early for lunch and because it was such a nice day, we decided to extend the trip beyond what was originally planned. We walked for about a mile down the trail that parallels the Smith River. The trail was a new experience for four of us, and we were all glad we decided to take this extra trip. The foliage was lush, almost to the point of being overgrown in places, and the trees were a departure from the usual Douglas Fir. We saw more cedar trees and some hemlock, and most were covered with heavy moss. We could tell this area gets a fair amount of moisture, not only because of the moss, but we all noticed the increased humidity. Coming back to the junction with the main trail we stopped for lunch, then continued uphill for the return home. Even after a short break at a roadside stand near Walton, we were back in town around 3:30 p.m. Enjoying a beautiful day were Obsidians Walt Dolliver, Yuan Hopkins and Suzanne Steussy. Non-member John Moser completed his third trip with this hike and will soon become a member. Welcome John. Leader: Joanne Ledet

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