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Kuykendall Falls

posted Aug 29, 2017, 4:52 PM by Justin P   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 2:05 PM ]

It rained overnight, but mostly stopped by daybreak.  We woke up early, had breakfast, and broke camp.  Alex was a little disappointed as he really enjoyed his time camping.  After packing the car, we checked out and headed to Cathys Creek Road (FR-471) in the forest.  Just past Cathys Creek Falls, we parked at the gated FR-5361.  From here, we began a long hike on this forest road.  Not many people travel this road as we ran through spider webs almost the entire time.  In about 2 miles, we passed FR-5361A and then FR-5361B in about another mile.  After about 4.5 miles, we got off the road and bushwhacked down to Kuykendall Creek.  It was very steep, but fortunately very open.  At least we didn't have to wade through rhododendron.  We came out near the base of the falls, but a lot of rhododendron were blocking the view.

So I took off my boots and waded, climbing up a small cascade to get past the rhodos and get a clear shot of the waterfall.  It's a really scenic waterfall, but there's not really anywhere to sit and relax.

So we made the steep climb back out and had a break back on the road.  Then it was just a rather easy forest road hike back to the car.  Having cleared out the spider webs on the way in, the hike back out was a lot easier.