The getting was good. The short trip to see the roaring river silenced by the ice and snow was well worth the effort to get off my duff. The trail along the river was well packed and made for easy walking. The only problem with the trail is that it runs through the woods well back from the river. The river views from the trail are great but not quite as breath taking as those from closer vantage points. Stay on the trail and you miss a few scenes entirely. Trouble is, step off the path and you’d be up to your cute little behind in snow. Unless you’re like me don’t even think of straying from the trail without snowshoes.
You’ll find parking at the trail head in Colton on River Street across the way from the Colton Town Clerks Office on Main Street. Follow the road to the dam. Looking back you can see the Mian Street bridge.
Turn arond and you see the big blue pipe and the bridge over it that leads to the trail.
Colton dam in winter
I had to break trail to get to this vantage point. I was in way over my behind getting there so didn’t attempt to get any closer.
I just turned in my tracks to take these photos. Notice the edge of the drop in the lower part of the photos. I stayed firmly planted in the center of the outcrop.
One last look back from this location.
I can’t go far before being drawn back to the river. Again I trudge to the edge. This time a disappearing waterfall lures me to the edge.
I have to admit. It wasn’t the effort of pushing my way forward in the snow that made me hang back. It was the big yellow streak running down my back from thinking about falling into that hole.
The same waterfall from another angle.
No Exit – Enter at your own risk
I’ve got more to show but this is a good point to split the difference. The best is yet to come.
I hate to overwhelm anyone’s patience by displaying too many photos in a single post. I think 10 is really pushing it.
What do you think?
- Would you like posts broken up with fewer photos?
- Do you think 10 photos is OK?
- Would you like to have 20 or more photos crammed down your throat in a singel post instead of two servings?
- Does a slide show without all the blah blah blah sound better?
I’ve prepared a slideshow of all the photos. Now you don’t have to come back tomorrow unless you like to read my gobblygook.