10 participants made the challenging drive to Kentucky Falls trailhead in three cars. We stayed together on the drive and no one got lost either going or returning. There had been a small amount of freezing rain in Eugene in the early morning hours but we encountered no ice on the roads. The drive took about 90 minutes. We hiked down to the North Fork Smith trail, stopping to photograph upper Kentucky Falls, We bypassed the lower falls on the way in and continued along the North Fork trail to the 11 foot in diameter Douglas fir. The hike in took about 90 minutes, and we stopped at the big tree for lunch. By then it was raining steadily and hard. We hiked back partly along a smaller trail that drops to the level of the river before rejoining the North Fork trail. We stopped briefly at Lower Kentucky Falls, which were quite full and very impressive. The final climb out was uneventful. Total hiking time was about 4 hours, total distance about 10 miles. Everyone was soaked when we got back to the trailhead, but the group was happy. All in all a great hike.Members: Darian Morray, Steve Cordon, Mike Smith, Daphne James, Steven Koester, Mari Baldwin, David Lodeesen, Vern Marsonette, David Strutin. Nonmembers: Edward Brindle.
Enjoying Upper Kentucky Falls; Dave L, Eduardo, Dave S, Mari, Vern, Steve, Daphne and Mike—photo by Darian Morray
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