It was a perfect day for hiking the Black Creek Trail to Lillian Falls and Waldo Lake - the sun was warm, the vine maples were beginning to change color, and the huckleberries were sufficient to keep us happy. From the falls, we climbed steadily uphill, crossing two small streams before arriving at Waldo Lake after about two hours of hiking. We then turned south and hiked an additional half-mile along the lakeshore to the entrance of sealed-off Klovdale tunnel where we stopped for a leisurely lunch. This site was an engineering project begun early in the 20th century that would have diverted water from Waldo Lake for irrigation and hydroelectric power. Fortunately, the backers ran out of money, and in the face of increasing opposition, the project was abandoned in the 1920s leaving Waldo Lake one of the most pristine lakes in the state. On the return trip, we lingered at Lillian Falls which was spectacular as usual, with multiple falls cascading down the mountainside amidst myriad shades of green, sparkling in the late afternoon sun. In addition to hiking, Rob did a bit of trail maintenance with his pruning shears, Ernst won first prize for eating the most huckleberries, and the three of us enjoyed each other’s company on a most rewarding hike.Members: Jim Duncan, Ernst Schwintzer, Rob Castleberry.
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