This past week, while my son was in camp I decided to try and find some of the other falls that flow in Hyalite Canyon. I've been meaning to do this for some time, I just hadn't gotten the logistics together. So I formed a plan. First I found a map.
Then I left early enough in the morning to get some decent miles in. The rest of it was pretty much a wing and a prayer as I did not know if each falls had a marker.
Well, I lucked out in two ways. Or should I say my planning paid off. To begin with, the above map is very accurate. To make things even better, there were markers noting the trails that led to a particular falls. That made my hike so much easier.
I probably would have still figured it out. Using my pedometer, I marked off what I thought was the proper distance between trails, and each time I did so, I was within feet of the marker and the branch leading to the falls. Had there been no marker, I would have used the map to know which way the branch went left or right. Still it was a great relief to have the branching trails marked. I felt a load lifted from my shoulders each time I found a marker because I knew I was headed in the right direction and did not have to second guess myself. For Arch Falls, pictured below, that would have been tough since the path is a bit narrow, and I'm afraid of heights. I didn't need an excuse to turn around. Also, at the point of the marker, you can definitely hear the falls. Always another good clue, but sometimes a bit misleading due to the way sound travels through the forest.
Even if I had had to use a semi-old fashioned method of navigating, the views would have been worth it. See for yourself.
|Rock Wall Perpendicular to Arch Falls|
|River Flowing into Arch Falls|
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Hyalite Canyon Falls