This hike ruled! Big thanks to Preston for setting this up and connecting with us dayhikers. Ron, Chris, Bruce, and I all met up and set up our shuttle and were on the trail around 7:30. Rock Creek is hard to follow and overgrown in places but once you hit elevation, the views are great. The first set of falls are breathtaking with a nice ledge to climb out on for a great viewing spot. We later met Nonot coming down the trail.
We made it to the top of the ridge after a pretty hefty climb. Those were some slow miles. Near the top, we were able to get radio contact with Preston who was just leaving camp. We made it to Horse Seep Camp and Kate and her guy were waiting for us. Just as we were leaving camp, Preston radio'd to let us know he wasn't far ahead and that him, Alex, and Dave had found some mind-blowing waterfalls where Sandy Saddle wash empties into Deadman Creek. We headed up the trail, hit wash, and within 10 minutes of hopping down the creek were greeted with two waterfalls somewhere between 150-200 ft tall. This was definitely worth the whole hike. We hung out at the top of the first falls and then followed the top of the canyon to the top of the second falls.
The backpackers spent plenty of time there and were on their way. Bruce and I lingered for a while and ate lunch. Chris and Ron got ahead of us and we later caught up to them just past the Brody Seep intersection. We then caught up to the backpackers at Barnhardt Saddle and made out way down to the falls on Barnhardt and hung around for a bit. We took off and finished the hike. What a great day and it was awesome meeting some new folks!
video of the second falls at Deadman Creek:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBRiMobcidM
Bruce tosses a rock down the first falls thinking some math geek on HAZ can calculate height from this. I'm doubtful but it was cool anyways:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwMQoj2fLb8