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After some ten days with very bad air quality due to wildfire smoke, I decided to drive north of Carson, Washington, to hike in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.
As I approached the trailhead at the 4,000-foot level, the smoke became denser and denser. It surprised me because there was some blue skies in the Carson area.
After taking some photos of a herd of elk, I drove to Stevenson. My memory said there were several waterfalls on the road (mostly dirt) heading north.
Sure enough, after a few miles I reached a nice 50-foot waterfall on Steep Creek (a small tributary of Rock Creek), sliding down a shear cliff to a clear blue pool.
Continuing on the road, I passed over the Rock Creek headwall into the Washougal River Drainage. Soon, I was at 20-foot Dougan Falls. It’s a large, wide Niagara of a falls, and very popular on warm, sunny days.
Not a bad day I said to myself, even if I didn’t get to hike in a wilderness.