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 Post subject: Fall Creek Falls (North Umpqua) 1-23-18
 Post Posted: January 27th, 2018, 10:40 am 
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I stayed with friends who live near this short National Recreation Trail, so stopped to hike it on the way out. Fall Creek rushes down a mossy forested valley filled with a jumble of massive boulders. Near the beginning of the trail, there’s a narrow defile, about as wide as one human, that you have to wind through. Old-growth Douglas-firs are scattered about. I took the diversion to Job’s Garden, where you can see a collapsing basalt wall undergoing a millennial process of folding (This is 30 million-year-old Old Cascades basalt, not the younger than a million years rock of the High Cascades).

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Then it was on to the lower (and highest) tier of Fall Creek Falls, which plunges prettily over a mossy face. The sign at the trailhead talks of two tiers, other sources say four, but I counted three. The path switchbacks up to a head-on view of the middle tier where it spouts out of a narrow cleft. Then I hiked up to FR 4710, the original North Umpqua Highway before Highway 138 was built. I walked left over the road bridge, and dropped down to a mossy promontory to get a face-on view of the upper tier, which spills prettily over a 10-foot drop, all three tiers totaling about 100 feet.

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Earlier in the day, we had wandered about driving on forest roads and crossed Fall Creek higher up, passing below Ramsay Falls, a taller cascade that is not readily visible in the summer when everything is leafed out.

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 Post subject: Re: Fall Creek Falls (North Umpqua) 1-23-18
 Post Posted: January 28th, 2018, 5:42 pm 
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Pretty! There are some lovely spots down that way, but it's a bit too far for a two-day weekend so I haven't been there in awhile.

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