299 – Lower Stick Falls

Accessibility – Difficult

Height – 18′

Distance – 0.6 Trail/creekwalk/wade/bushwhack

Beauty – 5

Photo rating – 7

Solitude – 9

GPS Info: LAT 35.0191 LONG -83.1642

Last Updated – 09-01-2018


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Now that you’re done at Stick Falls, the adventure begins. If you thought that getting to Stick Falls was too much, you’re really not going to like this next part of the hike at all. From the base of Slick Falls head downstream following the exposed rock on river right, This will lead you to a small cascade and the first hurdle. You need to cross the creek. I’m not going to tell you how to do this. If you can’t figure out the safest way to do it, you don’t need to be down here. Once across the creek follow the rock around the side of the deep pool and enter the creek. A rock ledge runs along most of the left side of the pool. Sadly it does not run all the way so near the end you’re going to have to wade the creek. The water is slow moving but…it is more than waist deep.

Once across it’s a creekwalk, rockhop downstream. I crossed back and forth depending on the terrain before reaching a waterfeature above Lower Stick Falls, which I called Non-Stick Falls. I passed this on river right, which is the same way I managed my way down Lower Stick Falls. It wasn’t an awful descent if you stay on the edge of the creek bed on river left. The exposed rock will lead you to an open area below the falls and a section of exposed stone that spans most of the creek. You can take pictures from any of the rocks and the pool below the falls was amazing. After a sweaty hike that had me covered in dirt, I swam to the falls and climbed into the one of the potholes to cool off. The 18 foot high falls had a lot of levels and uneven drops that make for great pictures. I spent a while hanging out here and I knew I could have stayed all day and no one would have intervened in my private waterfall. However I had more on the list and with this one done, it was off to Slick Stick Falls.

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The pothole in the middle of the falls was a great place to cool off – September 2018

 

 

 

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