Although we thought that calling the gorge the "Grand Canyon of the East" was a bit over the top, there is no denying that the 3 miles of gorge, with walls up to about 130' high and a series of non-trivial waterfalls was worth the price of admission. (Note: there is a literal price of admission, as the roads that lead to the trails are privately owned and maintained. Our entrance was covered in the cost of our stay at the lodge. The figurative "price of admission" was a 10-mile hike).
The afternoon before our Gulf Hagas hike we climbed a hill near the lodge and got a sense of the landscape. But we couldn't tell at all that just off to the right of this photo there's a good hole in a earth.
|Our first big view of fall color|
|The mixture of evergreen and deciduous trees made for some striking contrasts.|
|Stair Falls (Note: I've done my best to match the photos with the named falls. I'm probably not always right).|
|The dark line on the rocks shows that the water is usually higher.|
|The pock-marked rock indicates how powerful, and probably debris-laden, the flow can be.|
|Yellow leaves and black water|
|Just in case we didn't know we'd been hiking somewhere special.|
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2018
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