We took advantage of gorgeous Fall weather (70's F) during Brad's staycation and revisited Parfreys Glen. A very popular State Natural Area. It was closed during COVID, due to overuse and disrespect. There are many narrow spots/landing areas, where you cross the creek water on rocks and cannot avoid being close to other's. Especially while waiting your turn. Been there done that. Thankfully that is not what we experienced on our third Fall hike.
There were others enjoying the glen during the weekday, but it was far from busy. The hikers we encountered were spread out. Several just sitting and soaking up nature off the beaten path. We were alone most of the time.
Not much changed since Brad & I were last there. A LOT changed since I started going there as a young adult. There used to be boardwalks and seating at the end, before multiple floods destroyed them. Note; the three old Spring photos are borrowed screenshots. My guess is they are from late 70's - early 80's.
I like Parfreys Glen better au natural, although the boardwalks made it much safer and accessible to more people. We passed several older couples not willing to maneuver more challenging rocks to get to end of the gorge. A common question "how far to the end".
the wonder grows around every turn
Brad led most of the way, and helped me at key moments. It was very risky rock hopping while holding my precious large camera equipment. Especially the wet unstable rocks. Unfortunately, I left my camera backpack in the truck. I handed my camera off to him more then once, while maneuvering the boulders below.
looking back from the top of the boulders
a distance from the waterfall
What a beautiful place! I love the fern shots. There is something so peaceful about the sound of a waterfall, except maybe the really big ones that inspire awe with their power.
You are blessed to have such lovely places nearby.
I do love Parfrey's Glen and have been there quite a few times. Most of the times have been in the winter with snow and ice.
The rock scrambling across and through the creek is exactly what my creek bottom is like in a few places. That mossy damp rock is very tricky stuff!
Your photos are incredible! I cannot imagine doing it with that monster lens!
I never got to see the glen when it had a boardwalk. Though my son's Geology class in college made field trips to the glen years ago when they had the boardwalk.
I miss my ice walks in that area that I used to take in February.
What a beautiful park!
PS...some day...let's explore this together! Uffdah, I sure miss this place.
It’s a very beautiful park. I’d be there hiking everyday, especially with your amazing weather.
Wow that is a really pretty place to hike1 Love all the rocks!
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