John & Anne Wiley

2012/03/30

Step Pools

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 20:44

One of my fave local waterfalls is actually a series of unremarkable small ones. What makes them cool is pools. Each little waterfall splashes into a refreshing pool carved from solid rock. The whole thing is called Seven Falls, and I managed to snap nearly the whole set (a short section is obscured by trees) that I like. Here it is, in pieces starting from the top.

0846a Top Pools

0846a Top Pools

I’ve often wondered about the name Seven Falls, because depending on how you count them there might be nine or more.

0846b Upper Pools

0846b Upper Pools

How would you count the falls? Are you like me, and more focused on the pools? If so, what about the one at the lower-left of the above pic? Given that it’s fed by a different source, would you count it?

0846c Lower Pools

0846c Lower Pools

At the bottom of the Lower Pools pic you can see the start of a short section covered by trees.

0846d Bottom Pools

0846d Bottom Pools

We occasionally talk about taking the strenuous hike to the Step Pools (7 Falls), but so far we haven’t actually done it or even found out exactly the route to get there. My guess is it might be easier to scramble up the creek and swim the pools, but then maybe it’s hard to get up the small slippery waterfalls. It’s beautiful from the air, but the ravine is so steep you only get a fleeting glimpse as you fly past. Birds have it easy. :)

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