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Almost eight hours hiking, mostly in light rain.
The twilight-like atmosphere under the trees and the smell of the wet, loamy soil made me feel I was trapped in a primeval forest.
After hitting the Pacific Crest Trail from a short connector beginning near the Bonneville Dam, I hiked north past pretty Gillette Lake. In another couple of miles I turned northeast on an old logging road, maybe a wagon road at one time.
For the next several miles the rain picked up, especially as I hiked below the sheer cliffs of Table Mountain. Although, they were obscured from sight this day due to the low clouds. Finally, I reached the double waterfalls of Greenleaf Falls, dropping 200 feet in four plunges.
What a sight! They are one of the few spectacular waterfalls on the north side of the Gorge.
After taking a few photos in the downpour, I broke out a snack. Soon I was on the way back to the trailhead, the first few miles on rocky trails then turning to muddy trails near the end.
This is one of the hikes I keep in my memory because it forms such a sharp contrast with beautiful summer hikes in the high alpine meadows.
Pacific Crest Trail signs
The south face of Table Mountain on a much nicer day
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