Los Padres National Forest
Salmon Creek Trail climbs up to a ridge above, but the first big sight to see is just around the corner. As the trail climbs, a sign points to a spur that goes to a large waterfall. The spur is well traveled and easy to follow at first. Shortly, it starts to split and each route has its own obstacles. We end up on a route by the creek that crosses over on some random metal bars that look like a make-shift draw bridge with a rope to pull it up behind us. An easy rock hop back over places us on a bit of flat in front of the waterfall.
|A trail of sorts over boulders to the waterfall, which is already visible in the bright area.|
|Pools along the way.|
|Salmon Creek Falls.|
|Another visitor explores behind the waterfall. She came back a little moist, but not soaked.|
We clamber through holes left by the large boulders, some with flow stone coating some surfaces, back from the waterfall to find a way up. There are many ways up, as well. The route gives a few more views of the waterfall from the side.
|The views do tend to be somewhat obscured.|
|Irises are blooming.|
We end up going too far upstream and have to double back a little. Well established use trail continues long after where we turned back.
|A stalk of flowers.|
|A bit of green serpentine rocks.|
Once we find our way, it is another tight squeeze down into a cave at the top of the falls.
|Right at the top.|
|More visitors have gathered below.|
|Little waterfalls are flowing through.|
|More flow stone here where people have set small cairns and a memorial.|
|Not far off is the curve of highway 1.|
|People really like building cute little cairns here.|
When finished looking around, we head back. There are more tight squeezes through holes in rocks to finish.
©2015 Valerie Norton
Posted 4 April 2015