So while I was up in the Sauratown Mountains on Saturday at Hanging Rock State Park, I decided to walk down the trail to Upper Cascade Falls, a walk that was promised to be “easy”.
Here’s the beginning of the trail. Looks nice and easy, doesn’t it?
|Beginning of Upper Cascade Falls Trail|
However, three-quarters of the way to the falls it became quite steep with loose gravel underfoot. I held my breath and walked carefully down to the observation deck.
Here is the Upper Cascade Falls. Supposedly you can climb (or in my case, clamber) down the side of the hill to where it pools in a small pond. I didn’t try it; I’m quite accident-prone plus I didn’t have my cell phone with me and I was by myself (not smart).
|Upper Cascade Falls|
I found a picture by Dave Cook of the area where Cascade Creek goes into Cascade Gorge about a quarter-mile from where I took this picture. The accompanying information about this photo says: Cascade Creek deep in the Cascade Gorge. The Cascade Gorge is a treacherous place of steep canyon walls, slick rocks, and dense rhododendron thickets. Anyone entering needs above average fitness and dexterity, and should be skillful at wilderness navigation. Getting in, out and traversing is extremely difficult.
|Dave Cook ©2010|
See why I stayed on the trail? And this was someone else’s idea of an easy path, not mine.