Super green lushness at Siouxon Creek 5/12/13

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Super green lushness at Siouxon Creek 5/12/13

Post by LisaDHolmes » May 12th, 2013, 8:35 pm

Distance: 7.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Location: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Southwest Washington

On an overcast and cloudy day with light rain, the forest at Siouxon Creek was super lush and green. The hike starts by going downhill for about 50 feet, then heads towards Siouxon Creek. Before reaching the creek (which is as large as many rivers in the region), you cross a small tributary creek on a one-rail flat log bridge. A short distance ahead, a nice section of rustic campsites sits between the trail and creek, making for a great backpacking destination. The forest floor is covered with "nurse" logs, sometimes so many of them that it appears to raise the level of the ground around the trail. Staying above the clear waters of Siouxon Creek, the trail meanders gently up and down along hillsides and occasionally to flatter sections at the level of the creek.

At about 1.5 miles in, Horsetail Creek Falls is a lovely waterfall that spills down black basalt rock, which over many years has left "knicks" in the rock. A small bridge crosses the creek above the waterfall and over a small slot canyon with a deep emerald green pool of water. In another 0.2 miles, below the trail to the left, Siouxon Falls is a thundering cataract waterfall with a wide bowl-shaped deep pool that people sometimes swim in. Just past the waterfall is a side trail that leads to an open area for exploring a rocky section in the water at the top of the waterfall.

Back on the trail, it continues to skirt above the creek and through boggy sections of forest, passing a lower wide waterfall across the creek. Numerous side trails lead to more campsites, or good places to spend a little time enjoying the scenery. At 3.7 miles is a view of another deep emerald green pool just before a trail junction and a bridge over a split in the creek. Before the bridge is a long section of wide slippery rock with fast running water which we chose to not cross, so this was our final destination for the day.

See my blog post at I Heart Oregon for more photos: http://lisadholmes.com/southwest-washin ... n-creek-2/

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Re: Super green lushness at Siouxon Creek 5/12/13

Post by kepPNW » May 12th, 2013, 9:58 pm

Gorgeous! I think you picked, literally, the picture perfect day to do that! I really need to get up there. Thanks for the report/push!
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Re: Super green lushness at Siouxon Creek 5/12/13

Post by 200,000' » May 14th, 2013, 9:18 am

Thanks for the informative post.

Is that next-to-last picture your turn-around point?

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Re: Super green lushness at Siouxon Creek 5/12/13

Post by LisaDHolmes » May 14th, 2013, 9:35 am

Yes, the next to last photo is where we turned around.

It doesn't look like it, but the water running over the rocks made it very slippery and we didn't want to take any chances. I've hiked here before and made it to bridge, but the water levels were much lower and walking across the rocks was easy.

I had a bad fall on the ice a year and half ago and injured my shoulder, and ever since, I'm very cautious about getting into situations where I could easily fall and re-injure it.
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