I took a solo trip back up into the Linton area to head to the bottom of the highly remote Duncan Falls.
The trail to Linton Lake is a nice one with quite a variance of scenery. I thought about taking some pictures of some of the cool things along the way, but this is the only one I took. I think this is probably the most neglected aspect of any of my trip reports to this area. Regardless of the waterfalls that lie ahead, this is a nice trail that is worth the trek by itself.
Linton Falls. I told myself that I wasn't going to take a picture of this one because I already had so many, but...I had to take one...
I headed back down the trail about 30 yards, then started the hefty trudge up to the plateau.
That little cave actually had some tinkling water going over it this time.
Just up from the cave, I saw the yellow colors of turned vine maples. The drive along HWY 242 was spectacular due to the colors. It was the most brilliant piece of road I have ever seen, which is a statement considering the name of this website. The green from the giant fir trees poking into the sky mixed beautifully with the yellow from the vine maples down lower.
Funny enough, I wore a bright colored shirt so I'd stand out as a safety precaution. I picked yellow...for all you know, I may be standing in the middle of that picture.
I did not see the pikas this trip. They were obviously using their agility moves.
Mushroom and fungus growth was intense the whole way. I saw thousands of mushrooms, hundreds of coral fungi, and a large number of bear's tooth fungus, pictured directly above. This one was the largest specimen.
These are 2 of the unnamed waterfalls along Linton Creek above Linton Falls. I was more interested in saving time this trip, so I ended up avoiding most of the rest.
This little waterfall was one we missed in August on the 2-day trip because the forest pushes you hard away from it. I saw it on Google Earth and thought it looked interesting. Oddly enough, I spaced it out completely. Right when it popped back into my head, I looked at my GPS and saw it was 75 yards straight over from my position. Right through here, I started seeing pockets of snow. I had noticed quite a few places earlier where snow had recently melted over the previous few days.
On our prior trip, I said that it looked easy to get below Duncan Falls. It does look easy, but it's not. It was actually a bit of a pain. I had to backtrack quite a ways and do 3 log crossings, the last of which was pretty sketchy. And there is a very sketchy spot along the bank right after it.
Once back into that portion of the creek, it narrows into a vertical canyon. There are massive swirls in the rock from erosion due to maelstroms of water. There are about 3 of these such spots on the short section of creek.
From up on the ridge, Duncan Falls looks 200' tall. From down below, it looks about 60. On Google Earth, it measures in at around 130' or so. While foreshortening is common in photography, it is not as common in person. Compared to what it looks like from the ridge, this waterfall looks comically stubby from below.
For comparison, this is the photo of it from the Linton Meadows trip that I took from the hill above.
While it's neat at the bottom of Duncan Falls due to the creek erosion, the falls themselves are not the point of this type of trip. The physical and mental test is what this hike is about, as well as all the great stuff you see along the way. Duncan Falls is just where you turn around at. Overall, this trek was just over 10 miles, with 6 miles of that coming off-trail.