I unexpectedly ended up with most of the day off yesterday and decided to head up to my favorite local hiking spot, Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA.
Coming in the back way from Hwy 157
I drove around a little on top of the mountain, trying to decide which trail I wanted to hike. It was foggy and the rain was supposed to start anytime.
I decided to head to the valley, specifically the Pocket area.
The Pocket was once one of the focal points of the mining that happened in the area and was the destination of the small "Dinky" track that ran through tunnels in the ridges such as the one in my Estelle thread. Several years ago the state built a wooden walkway in an area down stream from the waterfall that attracts plant photographers and many people who don't want to or can't physically hit one of the harder trails.
This was the most dangerous part of my day, I do believe. The walkway was slicker than ice.
A newer section, which replaced a portion that was wiped out by a mudslide from the side of the mountain.
The end of the walkway, the beginning of the path up to the falls.