Photos from a hike to Carson Falls
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Trailhead
Trailhead
Gate
Gate
Pine Mountain Road
Start of Pine Mountain Road
Manzanita
Manzanitas grow close to the ground in serpentine soil
Chamise
Chamise
Pine Mountain Road
The trail ahead is visible
Pine Mountain Road
Last flat stretch for awhile
The ascent begins
The ascent begins
Rocky
Fire road is very rocky
View northeast
View northeast
Manzanita blossoms
Blossoming manzanita

A steep ascent continues
Chinquapin
Chinquapin
Flat spot
Flat spot
Oat Hill Road is visible to the west
Oat Hill Road is visible to the west
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Oat Hill Road
Oat Hill Road descends through chaparral
Looking uphill toward the top of Pine Mountain
Looking north to the top of Pine Mountain
Chaparral briefly gives way to grassland
Chaparral briefly gives way to grassland
Patch of snow
Patch of snow
Approaching junction
Approaching junction with path to falls
Junction with path to the falls
Junction
Path to falls
Path to falls
Tiny path
Very narrow path can be tricky in the rain
Path
Path flattens out in a little valley

Crossing a feeder creek
Crossing a feeder creek

 

Near the falls
Near the falls
Rocky swale
Rocky swale; the path back uphill begins here
First glimpse
First glimpse of the falls
     View from the side
     Initial cascade
Another view
Another view from the side, looking downhill
Cascade beneath a buckeye
Rush of water beneath a buckeye tree
Carson Falls
Carson Falls
Return path
Path through the rocky swale heads uphill
Path ascends through some trees
Heading through some trees
Creek crossing
Creek crossing
View
View back to the north
Path is sometimes hard to pick out
Path can be hard to pick out at times
     Back in the woods
     Path and creek
Path curves to the left and continues to climb
Path curves to the left and continues to climb
California bay
California bay
Almost to the fire road
Last stretch of trail
End of the path
Path ends at an unmarked junction
Oat Hill Road
Oat Hill Road
Oat Hill Road
Oat Hill Road
View to Carson Falls
Views to Carson Falls
Returning down Pine Mountain Road
On the return leg, nice views south from Pine Mountain Road
View to Alpine Lake
View to Alpine Lake
 




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