A Tale of two hikes – part 3

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.

A Tale of two hikes – part 3

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