15 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •
Always one of my favorite hikes, especially after the crowds depart in the fall. The fall colors are mostly yellows and sporadic. But the maple leaves look really nice falling into the water. The salmon are still spawning. Apparently it's a larger than usual year. The understory of yellow trees was particularly nice above 7.5 mile camp. I only saw a few people all day except for a large group of teenagers having their picture taken in the plunge pool below Tunnel falls and shrieking at the top of their lungs at the cold. Given the solitude so far I actually found this endearing rather than annoying. Wonderful day!!