I hit a couple small waterfalls on Emile Creek and I ran down a tall one elsewhere that could open up another adventure later on.
Emile Creek is a small but rugged place. Much of it sits within a disjointed canyon, making the whole of it difficult to traverse. It is manageable in smaller chunks, however.
Here are links to the prior 3 trips, if anyone needs a refresher:
I had pinpointed two small waterfalls along the creek to traipse into. On a cool and soggy day, I headed into the forest.
Here's a trillium I found near the creek.
This is the first waterfall. There was a clearer vantage a bit further down the creek, but it really wasn't worth plowing through the brush for.
Looking down the waterfall. It's a bit bigger than the first picture makes it out to be, probably in the 15-20' range. It looks less than 10' tall in that first picture, barely above a cascade.
This was on the stretch right before the next waterfall.
Yep. Another tiny one.
Small but nice nice looking. My Nikon AW100 has just a little bit of zoom.
From where I took that first picture of the falls, I looked into a pool and saw two long, pinkish tubes. While the water moved gently in the pool, I noticed them moving under their own power...
Two nightcrawlers swimming in the creek. Strange.
Also right in that same spot was this quartzy "growth" in the rock. At first, I thought it was some sort of substance that had been released from a living animal. Or that it used to be living itself. Instead, it was extremely hard and seemed to be a type of quartz.
At that point, I grew tired of plowing through wet brush in the cold to hunt down mini-falls. I hopped back in the car and looked at my car's GPS to see what trouble I could get into that was close by. The time estimate was not outlandish to get to a place I had always been curious about.
Flagstone Falls is across a gully from Flagstone Peak that sits a ways south of Quartz Mountain. There isn't much interesting water-wise in this entire stretch, so I've never really felt froggy enough to jump to it. After scooting along a iffy road for a while, I came to a downed tree and got out to hoof it the last 1/4 mile and saw this:
Not a very powerful waterfall, but there's something interesting about it, though I can't put my finger on it. It's also very tall, as the first tier measures out on Google Earth between 150-175'. The second tier measures out between 200-225'. That said, it's tough to know exactly where the second tier ends, as it continues to drop a ways below the tree line.
At some point, hopefully this upcoming summer, I'll head in and try to get a closer look at that larger upper tier.