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Apparition Falls: Cast Creek's Little Secret

A little while ago I heard a rumor about a secret falls on Cast Creek called Apparition Falls. I immediately came home and searched it and found the following link:

(Scroll down past the map on the link and click on 'Back to Main Page' for the hike description and photo journal.)

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=apparition+falls&view=detail&id=8D70820D89C9E1EFED1FE25A7303C31FC8656CCB

I intend on heading in the same path as is indicated on the map below but if we can get an early enough start and the going is good then I'd like to do one of two options depending on just how fast we're moving: (1)keep following the creek up to Cast Lake. From there we can continue up to the Zigzag East lookout, OR (2) follow Dumbell Creek up to Dumbell lake then up to the top of Zigzag, then down the north ridge and south to Cast Lake, then over to the Zigzag East Lookout. From there we could follow the cast creek trail back down to the cars. Where we break for lunch would be based on what kind of time we are making and how the group feels. I don't plan on stopping for a meal prior to reaching the falls and preferably not before Cast Lake but that will all depend on what kind of time we are making and how the group feels. I love taking pictures and stop frequently for good shots but I rarely take off my pack and don't like stopping long enough to cool down. Ideally, if we make great time then we may just push on and have a nice long lunch on top of Zigzag or at East Lookout.

One thing to keep in mind is that there may be an opportunity to rope up for descending down to the falls in the event that we can't make it through the ravine. So if you have a harness it would be a good idea to bring it just incase. I will be bringing a rope. If you aren't comfortable with this then you would still have a great view of the falls from the top. 

I am gambling that November won't be to late in the year to try this trip. This is not your average group hike. Be prepared for an adventure. There is no trail going in so we will be bushwacking up to the falls and beyond. We will pass three sets of falls and will be crossing the creek approximately 5 times prior to getting to the falls and who knows how many times on the way up to the lake so wet-worthy gear should most certainly be worn and/or carried.

If you like adventure, don't mind getting (and staying) wet and being off trail, like getting pictures of beautiful things rarely seen by others, and don't mind the possibility of coming down in the dark then this is probably a good trip for you.

 

MY HIKING STYLE:

I love the woods and prefer to see as much as possible on a given trip. If we have time to stop for three meals then we're on too short of a hike. That being said, I don't actually move very fast and I believe in operating as a strong, unified group. I am not a hike leader, but rather I am simply an organizer. I believe in promoting and maintaining a positive and supportive group attitude and want the hike to be a great team experience for all who attend.

 

STATS:

Anywhere from 6 to 10 miles with a starting elevation of 2,220'. The highest points would be 4,877' on Zigzag and 4,971 at East Lookout with ups and downs between them. Final stats will depend on conditions and how we do as a group.

 

WHAT TO BRING:

Ten Essentials

Wet Weather Gear

Harness and prusik rope or leash plus a locking caribiner (just in case)

Poles

Water (2 to 3 liters)

Food

Head Lamps and fresh batteries

First aid kit if you want but I will have a pretty decent one with me.

An emergency shelter or bivy is always a good idea this time of year (you never know)

 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to let me know.  I will update on Wednesday the 7th.

 

 

 

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  • Rick L. J.

    Gotta give Nicholas 5 stars for this one. Loved the off trail.

    November 15, 2012

  • Craig G

    An "Adidias" labelled shirt and some other garments were left in the trunk of my car. Please contact me for retrieval.

    November 11, 2012

  • Craig G

    *Updated* Updated stats on the hike - my previous post was inaccurate concerning hike stats. The GPS had problems locating us leading up to Apparition Falls, generating false GPS data. Updated hike data follows:

    Distance: 13.1 miles
    Overall Avg: 1.4 mph
    Moving Avg: 2.0 mph
    Ascent elevation: 3843 ft (includes "ups" and "downs")
    Elapsed Time: 9:07:11

    Post of these stats here:
    http://www.meetup.com/NW-Wilderness/photos/11059902/#[masked]

    November 11, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Nicholas. Trying to get a hold of you. Left keys in your truck.

    November 11, 2012

  • Craig G

    @Nick - Will post final stats later when I get more time, along with the GPS track. Please email me ([masked]) or post here is you also want the GPS track for this excellent adventure...

    November 11, 2012

  • Craig G

    Another hiking topic which won't leave my head:

    @Barb/@Andee - It seems a cheesecake is neither a pie nor a cake. Go figure....it's a pudding.

    November 11, 2012

  • Craig G

    This topic came up on the hike, so please do not consider it a general "plug": "Nick's boot dryer" - works excellent. My boots are already dry after hosing them down last night:

    http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3198454

    November 11, 2012

  • Craig G

    This rocked! A very challenging hike, but views were very worth it. Nick did an *excellent* job as leader, pointing out the route, leading, sweeping and giving us a description of the terrain ahead of us so that we could burn/conserve energy as needed. Nick made sure everybody stayed safe on this hike - great job! The (multiple) falls are stunning and the route was excellent - hard at the beginning with a very gentle slope on the way back. Awesome all around! Hope there are more hikes like this!

    November 11, 2012

  • Nicholas

    Thanks to all who showed up. You guys were a great group!

    November 11, 2012

  • Emma

    Thanks to Nick for organizing this! What an adventure!!!

    November 10, 2012

  • Nicholas

    That sounds great Craig. Also, as far a the gardening tools go, I've actually been carrying pruning.g shears on all my hikes since Rick drug is down that slope on Starway. LOL!

    November 9, 2012

  • Craig G

    @Nicholas - I plan to bring my GPS to record a track. I will also load a map of the area on it as a backup.

    November 9, 2012

  • Craig G

    @Rick - I thought you didn't sleep much anyways ;). You know it's gonna be a good hike when you need to bring lawn tools! ;)

    ...so, is that 4pm or 4am? ;)

    November 9, 2012

  • Nicholas

    Yeah, I'd love to be back by 4. ;) I do have a hatchet....and a small bow saw.

    November 9, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Boy 6 am is early. Do you have a hatchet?

    November 9, 2012

  • Michael J F.

    It's not too likely I will be back in town by Saturday, so I'm going to have to bail. Bummer too. Have a great time!

    November 6, 2012

  • Nicholas

    Yeah. I've got a 50 meter rope which should be plenty. I'm hoping yur we won't need it though.

    November 4, 2012

  • Nicholas

    FYI: you will need to have a Facebook account of your own but because the albums are public you will not have to friend me. If you don't have a Facebook account it only takes about 1 minute to set one up.

    October 23, 2012

  • Nicholas

    Rick, were you actually able to get to the profile? I have the album set to 'public' but if you guys can't view it then I'll post the pics on a different forum.

    October 23, 2012

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