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57 viewsWalking back down the hill, looking down Kyle canyon.
87 viewsThis is an easy hike- even little kids were doing it! We ran into a heavy smoker near the top, and he talked as though he might die on the trail. I felt sorry for him. The hike is only 2.8 miles roundtrip, and he wasn't even to the falls yet!
68 viewsFrom the falls plateau, facing back down Kyle Canyon.
61 viewsThe rock formations on the side of the Charleston summit were amazing- the layers of rock were folded over on top of each other over and over again. It's crazy to think that each of these layers were originally deposited on a flat plane, and the motion of the mountain building bent them like this.
54 viewsRepresenting Pennsylvania, collecting more water.
53 viewsPart of the fun was trying to catch enough of the water to channel into our bottle.
61 viewsI got quite soaked playing in the water, and it felt GREAT!
64 viewsBased on what other hikers and locals told us, the water is safe to drink. We filled our water bottle and drank the water, so check with me later in August to see if we're paying the price!
90 viewsLooking up from underneath the falls- sunlight coming from right.
68 viewsThe view from below the falls- you can plainly see the water splashing over the edge.
70 viewsA view of the whole falls area- you can see the vegetation that grows at the base of the falls, and how popular a hike it is on a hot summer day! It was in the low 70's up there.
64 viewsAnother shot of the falls. The water was splashing over the edge and falling to the ground; it wasn't just dribbling down the side of the rock.
52 viewsCloser to the top...
59 viewsThe falls were flowing harder than when Briar was there earlier this year, but apparently they are usually flowing more.
48 viewsAnother view of the mountaineers route to the summit. We think you cut left of center, then back right again and up to the plane crash site, then up to the summit. Many scree fields, but doable.
62 viewsA view of the mountaineers route up to the summit of Mt Charleston. The summit is the peak on the right.
89 viewsBriar happy to be in the woods!
64 viewsGetting near to the top!
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