Starting at 9:15ish, we made our way from the horselot to the First Water Trailhead to the Dutchman Trailhead to the creek where you turn right heading south. And here I am, a week after the Lower Barks hike, up a creek again
. This time without poles. The poles weren't really necessary as the boulders are not nearly as big nor as many and there is less water than Barks.
The worst part is when you have to skirt the edges of the water and have to fight off the catclaw by ducking or leaning; I found that swearing does not accomplish anything
. My associate Kat brot along a dull set of clippers so we did attack
some of it. Next time, she will bring a sharp pair of clippers and I will bring my shiny new pair that I bot for the Catclaw Revenge/Cleanup in a couple weeks. It did help to take the time in a few spots to clear the catclaw from our path.
It was nice to hear the water running most of the way and the scenery is just wonderful. We saw some people on top of a tall rocky area to the west of us as we were heading south; I don't know how they got up there but they must have had a heck of a view. The other rock formation of note was to the east of us. We call it the chair and are going to investigate next time whether or not we can get to it and up in it
We did make it to the Falls where we went to the top. I hung out, Kat ventured up in the area above the Falls. It is kind of an oasis area above the Falls with all of the large trees and such. She also made her way to get right next to the Falls so that she could get direct photos of them. She went to great lengths
and contortions to get all sorts of angles so I can't wait to see what photos she got.
Coming back was so much easier than I thot as you can leap from boulder to boulder; you can't do that when you're going up. We made good time; other than stopping to take lots of pics as the sky and placement of the sun made for fantabulous color. It's just so incrediby beautiful. I saw a cardinal just before we intersected with the Lost Dutchman but all of the photos were slightly blurry as I was on full zoom, darn.
It was a great hike on what you all call a trail, ha! and our war wounds are limited. We did get our feet wet off and on; as we like to say, on purpose, and I slid one foot down into a pool of water. We only ran into one small group as we were making our way up the creek. But other than that, it was fun, fun, fun!