A Glimpse at Bells Canyon’s Upper Falls

After my daughter and I hiked to the lower falls, as featured in this post, we continued up the trail for about another hour and then arrived at the upper falls.  Amid the spray and the treacherous footing on the soaked boulders and ground, it was difficult to manage another angle that would have provided a better or more clear perspective or presentation of this natural water-feature.

We stood in literal awe for several minutes, shifted our positions to gain different perspectives, stayed there again for several more minutes, and then retreated a bit into the woods that we had just come through to approach the falls.

You can still see the falling water through the trees to the right and behind my daughter in the above photo, so you can probably imagine how loud it must have been to be so close.  There was a pervasive serenity, sitting there in the woods, even with the roaring of the falls as near as they were…with the crashing water on the granite boulders and then the rushing of the stream in front of us….

White patches up in the trees caught my eye….

What a refreshing spray after the steep hike to get there…melted snow…living water….

Just a little further downstream is a bridge that has been chained to the trees on both sides of the bank to prevent the rising and rushing stream from carrying it away.  There is a trail that you can take off into the shoulder-high brush that will lead you in a near circular manner out and up to the area just upstream from the top of the falls…and will also eventually lead you to the upper reservoir and beyond.

If you’d like to see an image of the falls later in the season, you can click here to see what they looked like in August of 2013.


12 responses

  1. The people in the shot of the August 2013 photo lend a better understanding of the size of the falls. After looking at that one and going back to the above, there’s a greater sense of awe about the spectacle. Nice hike.

    July 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    • That other image does provide a bit of perspective, doesn’t it…? And then awe, yes.

      Thank you, Emilio….it was a rather nice, hike.

      August 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

  2. I really like the way you portray the water here! That “pervasive serenity” is something that you think of in terms of quiet places, but the noise of crashing waterfalls….it works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it? (The butterfly on that flower may be a Comma butterfly – don’t know which one but you can google them and get an idea about them).

    July 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    • The water is crazy beautiful, Lynn…maybe less magnificent or grand than many other places or many other falls, but it’s righteous to my experience. And yes, that serenity can be gained here is pretty mysterious…and wonderful. And thank you for the butterfly info. 🙂

      August 7, 2017 at 12:23 pm

  3. Wow, that’s some falls! Absolutely beautiful!

    July 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    • So very beautiful, Terry…..

      August 7, 2017 at 12:23 pm

  4. It’s a wonder the trees in the middle don’t get washed away. Beautiful!

    August 1, 2017 at 6:49 am

  5. So delightful and refreshing. I’m glad you had this chance to hike with your daughter to such a lovely spot!

    August 4, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    • It was a treasure, Gunta…an all around treasure….thank you. 🙂

      August 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

  6. Liana

    OMG I wanna go there! YES!!

    August 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

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