Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by BrianEdwards » December 2nd, 2012, 12:10 am

Peder wrote:
Guy wrote:Great report Brian, thanks...

I'm not sure I like waterfalls enough to do that myself :) ..
I was going to say the same thing as Guy. I admire your persistence to get through all those downed trees. Thank you for a very interesting TR; that is some hard-core bushwhacking you did!
Thanks Peder. You've done part of the South Fork of the Clackamas River. It reminded me of that in some ways, just never made good time going anywhere! Take a step.... slide or sink!
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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by BrianEdwards » December 2nd, 2012, 12:15 am

Sean Thomas wrote:This is as epic as epic can get, Brian. Thank you a million times for taking such nice pictures of the falls many of us have been wondering about for years and for sharing your adventure.


Now I am even more chicken to go in there looking for them after reading your report. :D
Sweet Sean, appreciate it. You were another one that had eye balled these falls in the past. I think you hike out there by Elk Creek a lot too don't ya? Pretty cool place, I see why you guys keep going back. Lots of adventures abound

Thanks for the compliments.
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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by Eric Peterson » December 2nd, 2012, 7:06 am

Awesome TR Brian :)

Waterfall hunting is fun stuff but I like what Sean said too -
Sean Thomas wrote:
Now I am even more chicken to go in there looking for them after reading your report. :D
Heheh, Brian did it so now we don't have to! :D

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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by BrianEdwards » December 2nd, 2012, 11:12 pm

Almost forgot!

Anna in boots attempted to get to Idiot Creek Falls a while back. Her and Andy ended up finding a different waterfall on Idiot Creek, not the main one. It looks interesting! It officially is not in the lower canyon where I went, so it must be above the main falls. Guess a return trip is eminent :)

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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by Adventure Mapper » December 3rd, 2012, 10:55 am

There are falls in similar terrain on Lester Creek between two rock towers. Also below the trail on a tributary. pt 1660 would be climbable for the bold but we chickened out. Descent from there to the creek is sort of a controlled fall.

Note how LiDAR data shows the old roads in the area. Some are easy hiking others worse than than the surrounding terrain.
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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by BrianEdwards » December 3rd, 2012, 11:04 am

Certainly looks promising. Hey Eric or Mark, you got anything on that spot from your hike up there recently?
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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by BrianEdwards » December 3rd, 2012, 11:44 am

Adventure Mapper wrote:Image
Maybe should be posting this in the new map forum, but I'd be curious to know how to get a map like this. It looks to be a very conclusive way to find what I'm looking for.
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Post by BrianEdwards » December 3rd, 2012, 12:31 pm

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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by forester » December 3rd, 2012, 7:36 pm

Good trip report. I do these types of trips often and it's not always worth it, to be honest. But...I get that feeling that I have to get in there, and satisfying that urge makes it worth it. It's just a competitive thing. I have one waterfall that has been burning a hole in me for a few months now that is going to be a huge pain to get in and out of.

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Re: Idiot Creek Falls, & the other big Idiot 12/1

Post by BrianEdwards » December 3rd, 2012, 8:06 pm

forester wrote:Good trip report. I do these types of trips often and it's not always worth it, to be honest. But...I get that feeling that I have to get in there, and satisfying that urge makes it worth it. It's just a competitive thing. <snip>
Couldn't have said it better myself. I'll admit, I don't enjoy canyons like this. Once I've figured out that its gonna be a tough endeavor, I don't stop thinking about getting back to the car. I just want it over. Yes, it sucked down in there! I see why its not more photographed. Another thing is that doing trips like this destroys hiking-wear. I only get a couple of trips out of a pair of boots and rain gear, because of all the abuse they take in places like this. I ruined a pair of rain gear on this trip that id only worn on three bushwacks. All the climbing over 100+ logs tore them to shreds.

Why keep doing it? Something inside just keeps saying 'do it!' I tell my wife that I'm saving the real trails for when I am no longer able to bomb down into canyons such as this one.

Good luck on your adventures Forester
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