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Old Nov 25, 2009, 5:50 AM   #1
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Had a little time yesterday to inspect the Margarette Falls Trail, in preparation for leading a group on a hike up to the falls.
This is a very popular destination - less than 3 miles roundtrip to the main falls, with a well-maintained trail that is not too steep.
This part of our region is full of waterfalls, due to the layers of very resistant sandstone - which also makes for some interesting rock formations.
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One of the best-known rock formations along the trail is called Cathdral Rock. It's easiest to see when the leaves are down and the sun is bright!
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The creek is rich with many small falls on the way up to the main falls. Here are a few views of some - any preferences?
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Even in late fall and winter, there is much evidence of the amazing diversity of life here. Will have to return in spring to enjoy (and photograph) the fullness of this diversity, but here are a few hints.
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Margarette Falls is about 80 feet high. Was not at full flow yesterday, but much higher/fuller than usual for the autumn. We could hear it long before we saw it!
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Most hikers in this lovely corner of Cherokee National Forest only go as far at Margarette Falls, and then return. But there's another waterfall about 1/4 mile upstream. No trail, and it takes some careful climbing (and some wet feet!) to get to Bailey Falls. Same geology, same creek, but very different character to Bailey Falls - much more secluded in its little grotto. Which photo do you prefer?
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Cherokee National Forest is huge, and full of inviting trails. Hope to hike more soon, and bring back some more good views, and great memories!
Thanks for sharing your ideas and criticisms!
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These are so inviting. Makes me want to put on some boots and go! Absolutely stunning!
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Had a little time yesterday to inspect the Margarette Falls Trail, in preparation for leading a group on a hike up to the falls.
This is a very popular destination - less than 3 miles roundtrip to the main falls, with a well-maintained trail that is not too steep.
This part of our region is full of waterfalls, due to the layers of very resistant sandstone - which also makes for some interesting rock formations.
Great waterfall shots-are you using a ND filter? Reminds me of the waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.
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Preferences?
I don't think so. They are all great shots Mole.
Thanks for showing.
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