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I'm not finding a whole lot of information on Ice Cap Spring/Creek, but on our July 2013 trip, Anne pointed out this spring just east of the Koosah Falls parking area. Ice Cap Campground and Day Use Area are just a hundred yards or so south. The turnout for both the falls and camp, off of highway 126. are the same; you branch north to the falls, south for the campground. At any rate, I'm guessing this is the headwaters of Ice Cap Creek. I'm standing on dry ground here, and the spring emerges […]
On this trip, we walked down along the gorge below Sahalie Falls, maybe a bit less than half a mile. However, I was leery about earning too much of a return hike back uphill, so I called a halt fairly quickly. The river is beautiful in both sight and sound, and it's impressive to realize just how rapidly it can incise into these recent lava flows. On the other hand, looking at its intense energy here, maybe it's not too surprising.Photo unmodified. October 9, 2014. FlashEarth Location.
While the title is a riff on my discovery yesterday of what "Sahalie" means, there is a stairway, or at least a trail, up to the top of the falls here. I've never walked up there, and I think that's something I should change. That trail segment is a minor portion of a trail system that extends from above Clear Lake down to the lower McKenzie Valley. The next major trip I make up here, my goal is the two-mile hike from Carmen Reservoir to Tamolich, or Blue Pool. From Carmen to Tamolich, the […]
Next time I tour this area, I need to scribble down mileages. But something like two to three miles south of the entrance to the Clear Lake Recreation Area, and maybe a mile or so past the end of the lake and the campground at the southeast end, is a pullout on the west to Sahalie Falls. I'm pretty sure Anne said there is no substantive water that enters the McKenzie River between the lake and this waterfall, so what we're seeing here basically represents the total amount of spring flow into […]
An important aspect of being a geologist, or an outdoors person of any type, is noting landmarks for navigating. For example, I know the turn-off for Hole-in-the-Ground is right near milepost 31 outside of La Pine. No sign indicates that turn until you reach the gravel road itself, so if you're zooming down the highway, and see milepost 29, you know it's time to slow down a bit and watch the east berm more carefully. In this case, the relevant sign is more prominent, and placed, helpfully, both […]
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