Day 9 continued

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Posted by Rick ( on 19:07:09 08/03/14

In Reply to: Day 9 continued posted by Rick

For those who haven't been on this trail, if you continue beyond Inspiration Point you climb a bit more for maybe a half-mile or so, although not as steeply as before. Then you more or less level out--the trail does climb for the next 3 or 4 miles until you reach the forks at the head of Cascade Canyon, but it is a gentle slope the entire way (although once you turn into either the North Fork or the South Fork up there the steepness markedly returns).

This is what I've never really understood about this hike and the relative number of people at different places on it. Certainly the climb up to Inspiration Point from Hidden Falls involves a good deal of effort, so it makes sense that once past Hidden Falls the number of hikers drops a good bit. However, once you've gotten to Inspiration Point you've done most of the work needed to get into Cascade Canyon, with a relatively easy and short walk being all that is required from that point--and yet, an overwhelming majority of the people who climb up to Inspiration Point turn around there and head back down even though Cascade Canyon is MUCH more scenic (in my mind, anyway) than the view from Inspiration Point. I just don't get it, although I suppose I shouldn't complain since it does leave the trail above much less crowded. Whatever, I suppose.....

Anyway, this shot is in the stretch of trail where you've left Inspiration Point behind but not really emerged into Cascade Canyon yet (at least not the part that's open enough for any views). Just catching a glimpse of what's ahead here.

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