Now, I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but until just recently, I thought this was it when it came to Big Falls:
|The upper tier of Big Falls
Well, this past Saturday, a friend invited me up, and so I went. We scrambled up farther, and, boy, was I ever surprised. Turns out that what you see in the photo above is only the top tier of three major tiers that comprise Big Falls. Not only that, but the upper tier pictured above can only be seen from a distance when approached via Falls Creek from below. In other words, the best views are of the other tiers -- tiers that I (insert embarrassed look here) had never seen before.
So, let's have a look, shall we? Heading up past the "comfortable walking point," the canyon becomes a fairly steep rock scramble. After a short bit of scrambling, the middle and lower tiers come into view.
|The middle and lower tiers of Big Falls. Note the people standing near the top of the lower tier
Now, Niagara Falls it is not, but for dry Southern California, this is a pretty spectacular falls, nestled in a fairly dramatic, cliff-bound canyon. This (2012) has been a fairly dry year, but those falls are really running well, particularly for October (rainy season in California is January - March).
|Big Falls (middle tier and top portion of the lower tier)
|The middle tier of Big Falls
|The lower tier of Big Falls
|The right branch of the lower tier of Big Falls as seen from above
|The left branch of the lower tier of Big Falls
|The middle tier of Big Falls as seen from the top of the lower tier. Note full size tree to the left of the falls.
While it's not much in terms of hiking, Big Falls is none-the-less an attractive destination, one with more than first meets the eye if one is willing to do a bit of scrambling.
I thank you for joining me,