Continued from previous post
The stream starts to pick up momentum, then the trail starts climbing in spurts, crosses a bridge to the opposite side, and winds back and forth, sometimes running right next to the creek and at other times moving 100s of yards away.
After nearly 3 miles and an 1.25 hours walking at a brisk pace, I hit my first “major” waterfall, which borders a campground at McKenzie Crossing. It has been a peaceful walk, and I can’t believe It has already been 3 miles and more than an hour.
From here, the creek is a series of waterfalls and eddies, and the trail steadily gains altitude. There are a few more people in the miles after the campground, but this is relative – I pass 11 more people (6 of them in a single group) and 2 dogs over several miles.