Last winter I was browsing the Waterfall Lover’s Guide – Pacific Northwest and noticed that there were a couple of new-to-me waterfalls on Brice Creek along FS Road 22 on the Umpqua NF. I went up there the following day or so but at that time the road was blocked due to snow damaged trees. I took a chance that it was open now and sure enough I got up there and as my friend Tim said “Brice Creek never disappoints” and that was certainly true this morning. The first image is of Evergreen Falls – I don’t think that is an official name but it is the one that shows up in the guide. It is a very lovely stair step waterfall cascading down a moss covered bank and then feeding Brice Creek.
Just upstream and across the road is an unmarked fisherman’s trail that heads down a steep rather loose rock trail to Blue Hole Falls. This waterfall is described in the guide thusly: “This is one of the prettiest punchbowls in the Northwest.” I would certainly agree and while access is not easy it is worth the scramble.
I took a spill going back up the hill and ended up with some nasty cuts on my arms but I will heal and getting the images was worth the blood. Luckily I had packed the camera away in my bag and all is well.
Click for a larger view – worth doing – and as always I welcome your comments.