Kentucky Falls

Sunday, November 6, 2011
Leader: Joanne Ledet
Hike: 4.4 miles, 800 ft (Easy)

Some people may have been hesitant to sign up for this trip because of the forecast of rain towards the coast, but 14 hikers enjoyed a beautifully sunny, and dry day, at Kentucky Falls. There were 10 people who met at Lowe’s parking lot on West 11th and we met four more hikers at the Whittaker Campground just off Highway 126. The caravan of four cars navigated the potholes, the twists and the turns of the road before arriving at the trailhead around 10:30. We followed the creek downhill, stopping to enjoy the Upper Kentucky Falls and taking photos of the vine maples along the trail. When the sun shone on the trees the yellow leaves became luminous and provided many photo opportunities. When we reached the bottom more photos were taken of the two waterfalls that are almost side by side. Most hikers chose to stay on the viewing platform by Lower Kentucky Falls, while a few decided to scramble over the wet rocks to get a straight-on view of the falls on the North Fork of the Smith River. Both falls may be seen from either vantage point. After lunch we decided to abandon the option of a short hike along the Smith River and instead headed back up the trail. We were soon back at our cars and headed for home. Sadly no one had filled the pot holes while we were hiking, but at least some of the fog had lifted along the ridge and we could enjoy nice views in several directions.

Members: Joanne Ledet, John Moser, Joe Sanders, Brenda Kameenui, Noy Rathakette. Nonmembers: Jane Dods, Leah Knelly, Dana Furgerson, Sandra Rowell, Andrea Larsen, Mike Piehl, Roy Ward, Chuck Gibson, Margaret Pargeter.

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