Monday, July 13, 2015
Hike 2015.052 -- Lewis Falls, and Crystal Lake Area
There's room for about three carefully parked cars at this turn, plus small turnouts on the downhill side, just past the turn, and a small "deadend" driveway on the uphill side.
my first visit here. Because of the drought, the water's lower than it was on my previous trips. But it's still a nice waterfall.
The silt has also cleared, which makes it a lot easier to get to the base of the falls than it used to be.
The hike still requires some ducking under and balancing over, but it's a short 4/10ths of a mile each way, so it's still a quick and easy hike. But, because of the lack of parking and signage, it's relatively lightly visited. I only saw one other person on this trip.
I've also always seen one lily plant on the approach. I used to assume it was a Humboldt lily, but it might actually be a leopard lily.
from Smith Saddle and from Highway 39 in the past. Unfortunately, the "Highway Closed" sign just past the turnout for Crystal Lake now prohibits, not merely cars, but also bikes and hikers, so you can no longer walk on the road to access the ridge.