Friend and I decided to run out to Barnhardt as she hasn't been there and with rains the prior night we were hoping to see some activity at the falls. Signs of recent rains were everywhere. Nothing extreme on the road in to trail head thankfully. The trail and rocks take on a different feel from the recent rain, much darker and plenty of intense smells coming off the trees and bushes. We even encountered patches of still present hail stones. Barnhardt Canyon was full of water and plenty loud. Much different than my prior trip just two weeks ago.
Lots of critters out and about including tarantula walking the trail with us and groups of hawks playing in the canyons. We lucked out with the falls with Hawaiian Mist being mostly dry with some puddles/drips, and Big Kahuna having some large pools and steady trickling. May not have seen a raging waterfall but the hike is good I'm not complaining.
The work of the recent trail maintenance is showing nicely and trail conditions were good with much of the encroaching manzanita being cut back starting about 4.5-5 miles in. Plenty of vehicles at the trail head but this was still a very quiet hike and encountered a pair of hikers that gave up on the climb very quickly and a group setting out for canyoneering Barnhard Canyon.