Wed, Oct 26 2011 - Tallulah Gorge Aesthetic Water Release and Fall Foliage (View Original Event Details)|
The group assembled outside to devise an alternate plan to make the most of the situation and take advantage of the beautiful day. The new plan included doing the north rim trail, the Inspiration Trail, then down the stairs to the gorge floor, crossing the river, hiking the gorge floor trail, having lunch at the bottom of the last waterfall (sliding rock), wading through the river above sliding rock, going up and out of the gorge on the relative recently re-opened rugged trail on the southeast side of the gorge, hiking the south rim trail, and then looping back to the visitor center. After a group consensus on the new plan, and obtaining our gorge floor permits, off we went.
It was an ABSOLUTELY GEORGEOUS day, perfect weather, and the foliage was beautiful! At the end of the day, although we didn't experience the aesthetic water flow, we were not in the least bit disappointed with the hike. Although we didn't come prepared for river crossings and getting a bit wet, we not only made the best of it, but had a great time! A perfect example of a great group who had the flexibility and mindset to make what might have turned out to be a disappointment, an awesome, beautiful, and thoroughly enjoyable hike.