Much as I would like to make more detailed TRs, it would just take too much time. Week before last, I hiked the Bear Den Point loop from the AL trailhead at the Walls of Jericho, and camped at the site by the TH. Hiked into Walls of Jericho from the TN trailhead the next morning, and did multiple rappels into the amphitheater of the Walls from the lower cliff line, since setting up from the top into the Grotto and amphitheater was going to be very dangerous without finding an alternate route that involved a lot more time and distance. I've already got threads with tons of pics from here.
I have pics from the Bear Den Point Loop, and may add those, or make a separate thread later, though I did upload some videos. Overlooking this trail(particularly when the leaves are down) is a mistake, and I've done that very thing half a dozen times over the past few years. Also have some from the hike in from the TN trailhead. I put all those pics on a USB thingie to clear my memory card, and hid it from myself...
Last week was all dayhiking, as I was doing a family trip with my parents, who extended their stay into when I'd thought to be overnighting. This made for fairly short hiking days, as we ended up having breakfast and supper together every day. Monday 4/8: -Drove from AL to SC in the morning after working all night. Pinnacle Mtn. trail to Mill Creek Falls spur.
Don't know that this one has a name.
This one is called Spring Bluff Falls, though it isn't much of a fall...
Tuesday 4/9: -Whitewater Falls. Quick stop to check out the overlook on the way to DuPont State Forest turns into 6hr off-trail jaunt down the side of the gorge, upriver to the base of(and behind) the falls, then back along the underside of the cliffline with many deadends and backtracking. Loved it!
I'd made a video before this one, and was coming down some steep stuff off the Foothills Trail, talking about it being at a 70-80 degree angle in some places, and when I broke out onto the water, said "There's a dadgum bridge down here!"
This last video...right near the end I said "I can go right there, but there'll be nothing." But that time there was a place that I could slide down about 30ft on my butt, then another little drop, and I was at the bottom. When I came out onto the water, there was that stinking bridge again!
Wednesday 4/10: -Rim of the Gap Trail from Caesar's Head SP to Jones Gap SP, then to DuPont to hike and ramble around Grassy Creek Falls and Wintergreen Falls. 80F outside, and these fruitcakes had the trail closed due to ice.
Modeling my ZPacks chest pack at the first waterfall, which is right where the trail branches off from the Frank Coggins Trail.
Thursday 4/11: -This hike was suggested by a local, and supposed to take me to the Green River Narrows. THs aren't marked, and I got on the wrong trail on the wrong creek from the wrong bridge. Nice hike along, around, and across the creek, but the trail ends up at the parking lot where kayakers have to portage .6 miles to the putin well above the Narrows, and I hiked along the road about 2.5 miles back to my car.
A debris pile.
On the other side of the debris pile is a gorgeous waterfall!
These are at the start of the hike, but the light was better as I was leaving.
Friday 4/12: -On the way to Panthertown Valley I visited Connestee and Eastatoe Falls. After checking out Schoolhouse Falls at Panthertown Valley, and a cascade while taking the Panthertown Valley Trail to the Green Valley Trail just to look around, my hike up the Devil's Elbow Trail turns into another off-trail romp with multiple creek crossings, and lots of crawling through rhododendron. Missed some of the falls, but had a blast, even though my pics all suck.
Connestee/Batson Creek Falls
Eastatoe Falls. I would never have found if not for the sign!
What are the dimensions, as you would want to carry it? I don't have a SLR, but maybe I could mock something up, or just find some similar sized items to the body and lens to stick in there. Probably depend on the size of the lens and height of the camera body.
Wow, simply awesome. Very beautiful, water water everywhere.
I didn't need anymore desire to get out there, but if you have a way to get me extra time, I'm all for it.
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