Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Hike 2017.009 -- Rubio Canyon to Leotine Falls
This was after one of the first dry weeks in a while, so while the water was still flowing fine, I figured the land itself would have dried out enough to be more easily passable beyond Thalehaha.
It had been a while since I walked past this falls, and my memory of how to get beyond was murky.
BTW, it's always been a little crazy to get there. All that scrambling around among the brush had gotten several ticks attached to me, in the past. Fortunately, no ticks found me, today.
But, from Thalehaha, I continued to the northeast, eventually reaching the point with an overlook, down a steep ravine. You can walk part of the way down the ravine, at which point you will hopefully encounter ropes, tied to tree trunks and tree roots. The descent then becomes messier, especially if it's wet, as it often is, down here, even when water is not flowing.
From the top of the last cascade, there's a small meadow, with trees in front of you, and a huge cliff beyond. The last of the "easily" accessible Rubio Canyon Falls, Leontine, comes down that cliff.
Probably four miles, roundtrip. A more detailed discussion of this area is provided on Dan's Hiking Page.