We made a long-shot attempt to visit Yosemite Valley during peak hydrological run-off to perhaps catch a glimpse of Yosemite Falls in their glory... on a Saturday. There was not a parking spot to be had in the valley by 10am, so we did a drive-through and headed to our back-up plan: Foresta Falls. We had the trail to ourselves!
To see these gorgeous falls , one just needs to drive to the end of Foresta Road's pavement, park on the pull-out out area walk down the old dirt road for about 15 minutes alongside Crane Creek. The road at one time was passable by car all the way to El Portal but the bridge spanning the creek washed out many years ago and the bridge pieces that survived remain in a sketchy state. The 40' falls were gorgeous, and the hike down on this cool spring day through the burn scars of several recent fires was interesting.
We decided to utilize our full vaccination by taking our first trip outside of California in over 15 months! The remote lava-filled destinations would keep Z safe and we'd still have a great time exploring. We settled on renting a townhouse on the outskirts of Klamath Falls and using the house as a basecamp to visit Lava Beds, Crater Lake and the Sprague River Valley. Z's quote for the trip came after entering the lava tubes for the first time: "This is the best thing I've ever done in MY LIFE!" So I think a good, safe and socially distant time was had by all. And please check-out the Hi-Res photospheres I made at the end of this post. Zooooooom in!
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.