Gals Were Surprised They Had Not Done this Hike Before
We had sunny skies with a high of 68 in the Willow Creek area on Friday, June 14. There was a slight chance (20%) that showers and thunderstorms may move through in the afternoon hours. We moved our departure time up by 30 minutes so that we can be off the trail a little earlier to avoid the possible storms. We did get sprinkled on for a couple minutes, but thankfully, no thunderstorms.
This hike was 5 miles round trip with a steady climb of around 1000 feet elevation gain to the top of the uppermost falls in the series. This was a first time trek for Jo Ann, Sara, and Susan Cooper and all were rightfully impressed and awed by the sights and sounds of the water as if fell through its series of falls. Gail and June had made the hike before but were no less thrilled than the first-timers for the volume of water that spilled over the five waterfalls. The trail varied between tree covered, open meadows and rocky, loose ledges which provided overlooks of each waterfall. Our first task was to don our water shoes and cross Willow Creek which was running full from spring runoff. A very nice gentleman came down from his cabin to visit with us as we put our boots back on and gave us an “OK” to cross his fence and use the private footbridge on the way back. Needless to say, we took him up on the offer.
A mid-day meal of burgers at the Bunkhouse Bar capped a great day of wonder and camaraderie at Willow Creek. Who went: Sara, June, Jo Ann, Gail, Susan C