~night. stopped off at neil's and ended up going out with a whole crowd: neil, dana, gary, and peggine. neil and i soon detached ourselves and had a great ramble down canyon creek to the falls. dana and gary and peggine were moving too slowly to reach them before sunset, so neil and i opted for waterfalls. and they are nice. an old trail goes down to the river along canyon creek, and we found a quick and easy route to the waterfalls. we may return tomorrow if the sun shines, there should be rainbows. neil and i visited only the uppermost fall; there may be larger ones further down. it was about twenty five feet."
[Russell Towle's journal]
Below are Russell's photos of the top reach of these "uppermost falls" on Canyon Creek, taken January 6, 2002, exactly 24 years after the above journal entry.
|Sighting down the course of Canyon Creek, across the right angle bend at the first of the waterfalls. |
The sunlit crest of the southern end of the "Diving Board" ridge (see January 4 post) can be seen in the upper right.
Here's a straight-on view of these upper falls taken from across the gorge. Called the "Leaping Fall" because of the way the water would shoot out away from the rock at the top during high flows.
|Leaping Falls in a dry winter, Canyon Creek, a tributary to the North Fork of the American River. |
January 6, 2002
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