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I finally got a chance to do an overnighter a couple weeks back--my first one of the summer season. With the wet weather and humidity in June, the trees were showing their full greenery and all the streams were flowing. Below are some of the shots of the river gorge I hiked along.
Here's a shot from the ridge line, before I headed down into the river valley. It's all water pictures from here guys..
The terrain gets rougher and the trail drops to the river. From this point on it's kind of find your own way type hiking.
Hurray(?), a brand new trail sign! These weren't here when I hiked the trail back in November, apparently they've had problems with people getting lost in the area...
The tadpoles seem to be enjoying it...
The trail is really rough here in this nice little clearing. Looks like there was a rock slide on the left of the photo, which partially covered the trail. There's a small waterfall in the distance, and the trail seems to head for that.
Looking upstream as I cross the river, lots of rock-hopping today.
Looking down at a deep pool in the river.
After a steep climb, I reached the top of a waterfall, the highest on the trail. I'm guessing it's at least a 30 drop to the river. Very jungle-like in this area.
Finally reached higher and drier ground.
My goal for the day off in the distance; it's really clouding up now.
Near the top, drenched in sweat, but not much of a view...
And here's the summit post.
I followed this tree-covered, hazy ridge down to the bus stop, about a 2 hour knee-buster. Stopped for lunch and a water resupply at a stream about halfway down. A very scenic hike overall, if you don't mind slightly wet boots!