Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Weekly Hike #7: In a Crowd

It may not look like it from the photo above, but there was a crowd on our hike on the Twin Falls trail this week. Not only were there a lot of individuals and families out enjoying the sunny weather and this easy trail, but Mr. D and I were accompanied by my sister-in-law, two nieces, one nephew and a friend of one niece who had her five-year old granddaughter with her. Niece Amanda is on the board of the local chapter of a Big Ten university alumni association, and she and the friend (also on the board) are organizing a hike at Twin Falls in two weeks for their group. They wanted to do a dry run of the hike and check out the trail. Mr. D, who will also be a leader on the upcoming hike (coincidentally, he has a master's degree from the same university), suggested they simulate it even more by including me, my sister-in-law, and two of her three (adult) children. It seemed like a pretty accurate simulation of the upcoming hike.

The trail is an easy grade up to the falls, with a few remains of old growth forest along the way.


The falls were truly spectacular. The heavy snow pack and late melt this year mean that there is a lot of water coming over the falls.

The view looking down from the bridge is amazing (that's my foot you see in the photo below).

After Amanda, her friend, and the five-year old headed back down, the rest of us hiked up to the junction with the Iron Horse Trail and went another mile to the rock face used for practice by climbers.

We saw wildlife, gleaming red huckleberries and beautiful mountain views along the way.

All in all, a good, social, and relaxing hike.

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