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Bear Skulls Fall
May 10, 2008
My body needed a day to recover from the tough Dry Creek adventure. By Friday night I was up for another hike to take advantage of the recent rainfall, but strong thunderstorms were forecast to hit around noon Saturday. I needed a scenic destination that I could get to and back from quickly. A return trip to the Bear Skull Falls area seemed like a good choice.
I got to the parking area a little after 6, and was at the big falls by 7. It was nice to be able to photograph all the things Cliff and I had seen a week ago, like the canopy of Umbrella Magnolias and the tall shale bluff downstream of the waterfall. I found a Jack-in-the-Pulpit plant at the base of the bluff.... Jack seemed to be enjoying the view of the falls! The giant magnolia flowers were blossoming.
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I headed back up to explore the little stream that was the source for all the great scenery. Just above Bear Skull I found another nice little waterfall that spilled over a rock ledge. The ledge ran along a half-circle below the waterfall.
I continued to follow the stream instead of sticking to the trail; I knew I could always head north and find the trail, and I had the parking spot stored in the GPS. I came to a neat section of the creek between 100 and 200 yards long where the stream bed was flat rock composed of many thin layers, and the banks were rock shelves I could walk on. There wasn’t that much water flowing this far upstream, so I didn’t break out the camera. One of these days I’ll have to come back and see how this section looks with more water.
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My last stop of the morning was another small waterfall, which cascaded down multiple steps of rock layers for about 5 feet before making a 3-foot drop. Thunder began booming overhead, and I started to worry about getting caught out in the middle of a violent thunderstorm. But my fears didn’t prevent me from lingering long enough to take a few photos. I worked to include the Shooting Stars that were flowering beside the waterfall.
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Just uphill I found an old road trace. I remembered crossing it as I took the trail in, so I headed in a westward, downstream direction until I found the trail crossing. From there I took the trail east back to the Tahoe. It rained lightly a few times but I had a umbrella and stayed dry.
Later that afternoon thunderstorms swept through the area as forecast, dumping quite a bit of rain on the Boston Mountains. It was agonizing to know I had to stay home and perform Mother’s Day duties instead of making one last waterfall trip during my vacation.
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