Falls Branch Falls in January

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Falls Branch falls is about 1.5 mile hike.

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There’s a parking area with a sign for Rattlesnake Rock West at about mile 22 along the Cherohala Skyway. In the corner of the parking lot you’ll see the trail.

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When you get to this sign you should follow the straight arrow for trail 87 and not go to the right on the less traveled trail like we did.

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That less travelled trail I found out is called  Jeffrey Hell Trail #196. We turned around when we got to this part.

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THEN we went out trail 87. It is an old road bed most of the way.

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Then the trail makes a turn to the right and heads down hill. But I’m looking back uphill here because I liked the light.

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The trail continued down. And I looked back up at where I’d come.

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I kept doing that

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Until it got really steep and I had to look where I was going.

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And finally I saw a glimpse of the falls, we were on the right trail!

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There were rocks to rock hop across.

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The trail goes right between two big rocks covered in moss. I didn’t notice the tree growing out of the rock until I got home and looked at my photos. I think I should be more observant sometimes.

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The falls, we made it.
The end.
It’s not a long hike if you don’t waste a bunch of time going out Jeffery Hell first.

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