Falls Creek Falls (18-42)

Falls Creek Falls Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA     9/29/2018    (#54)

This trail provides fall foliage along Falls Creek, and an impressive waterfall at the terminus.

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Colorful vine maples at the trailhead

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Into the woods

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Over the first bridge

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Along the creek

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Over the upper bridge

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Around this turn we hear the falls

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Then look up and see the upper falls

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Middle and lower tiers (about 225 feet high) of Falls Creek Falls viewed from the end of the trail.

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Lower plunge pool

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Downstream view

After eating our lunch, we returned back down the trail,

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Through the vine maple corridor

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Under the big leaf maple canopy

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With a pause by the stream

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And another pause near the trailhead to play with the impressionistic reflections…

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We saw a variety of leaf displays…

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Vine maple – green

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Vine maple – turning orange

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Vine maple – orange

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Solomon seal, with berries

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Vine maple – red

My new identification for the day was Pacific dogwood without the distinctive white flowers. In the fall it has red leaves and red seed pod clusters.

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About 4 miles round trip and 800 feet.

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CRAFTING

I have made knitting progress on my Ivy Lace Cardigan and a round dishcloth.

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