Along the way from Crater Lake to the Oregon Coast, we stopped for a short hike to Toketee Falls. The falls were great, but the half mile hike to the Falls was my favorite part.
To begin with, there was an old irrigation project that consisted of a pipeline made entirely of redwood. It ran right through the parking lot like a giant caterpillar. It was completed in 1949 and still carries water to generators that produce electricity for more than 50,000 homes. It was pretty cool looking.
Once we left the parking area and stepped onto the trail, it was like entering a different world. The vegetation was lush and full of ferns and giant plants. It felt medieval. Also, the trees were enormous! I took a short video to try and show the height of the trees and if I can figure out how, I’ll post it.
Another wonderful thing about the trail is it was full of steps. Some were carved into the rock, other were dirt, still others were man-made. The entire trail went up and down, up and down, so you never knew if the next section was a climb up or a descent. It drove Bob nuts that the number of steps up weren’t equal to the number of steps down. 🙂 all i know is it made the hike interesting, fun, and really scenic.
Here are some of the pictures:
One of the man-made stairs.
The trees were enormous.
Here’s an idea of how big they were around.
The fuzzy caterpillar of an aqueduct. It’s made of redwood and it’s about 25 feet in diameter.
Saw this at the ranger station.