Kentucky Falls

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Leader: Joella Ewing
Hike: 4.4 miles, 800 ft (Moderate)

Seventy-nine sunny degrees was plenty warm for mid-May, but not too hot for hiking beautiful Kentucky Falls since the trail is mostly shady through a "jungly rainforest" (Bill Sullivan). Spring snowmelt enhanced the volume of Upper Falls a half mile in and the Lower Falls and North Fork Falls, both 1.4 miles further and next to each other. After lunch on or near the viewing platform, we took Bill Sullivan's suggested 0.8 mile side trip to a six-foot waterfall that tumbles into a 140-foot long pool, great for swimming on a hot day, he says. Downed trees and short stretches of washed out trail made this detour a bit more challenging than the well maintained main trail. Eight people enjoyed this glorious day and a spontaneous stop at Our Daily Bread in Veneta for a light dinner.

Members: Joella Ewing, Jyoti Naik, Clara Emlen, Tom Musselwhite, Jorry Rolfe. Nonmembers: Nancy Matthews, Jim Woodard, Martha Berger.

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