Just a Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Sunset on the Salar de Uyuni

The final stop on my tour was to witness a sunset on the Salar de Uyuni.

To fully capture its beauty, we were taken to a part of the Salar where a shallow body of water covered the plains. The effect was that the ground looked like a giant mirror. With an hour to spare before sunset, our guide instructed us on how to take advantage of this special place and the pictures to take.


 
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Incahuasi Island, Uyuni

The next stop was Incahuasi Island. By this point, I think everyone was feeling pretty fatigued. Not just from sitting in the jeep all day, but from being under the sun so long as well. Our guide gave us an hour here to explore and rest.


The island requires a fee to enter. There is a developed bathroom as well as some small shops serving beer and food. The value of paying the fee is being able to go on a short hike around the island and accessing a nice panoramic view of the Salar. However, if you choose not to pay the fee and rest near the shops instead, I don't think it'd be the end of the world in terms of missed-out experiences. Coming from Arizona, the pitch of seeing giant cacti was not as impactful on me as it might have been on others.



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Salar de Uyuni


After lunch, our next step was entirely dedicated to getting those infamous Uyuni perspective shots. Out in the salt plains, because the plains are so flat, it's easier to create the illusion that certain objects are much larger than they seem when taking a picture. As a result, you can now find an assortment of creative pictures online.

Here are some examples:




Here are some examples of pictures that we took:




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Salt Hotel, Uyuni

The next major stop on the tour was the Salt Hotel.

As you can already surmise, the Salt Hotel is called so because it is a hotel built entirely out of salt blocks. There are rooms for you to rent, bathrooms for you to use, but no showers. There is also a dry sauna, a steam room, a saltwater pool, and whirlpool baths!

When you arrive at the Salt Hotel, you're immediately greeted by a huge sign of Bolivia.

If you notice above the word Bolivia, there is also the word Dakar.


A little bit about Dakar:

  1. The Dakar rally is annual rally raid organized by the Amaury Sport Organisation. It's a race open to amateurs and professionals, but is usually made up of amateurs competing. 
  2. The race is an off-road endurance event and the terrain that the competitors traverse on consist of off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks, and erg among others. 
  3. Each stage vary from short distances up to longer distances (500–560 mi) per day. 
  4. The event was originally held from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal but because of security concerns in 2008, the race was moved to South America.


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Colchani, Uyuni

The second stop of the tour was the town of Colchani.

Colchani seemed like a ghost town and I felt the real value of this stop was if you were interested in buying souvenirs. Other than that, there didn't seem to be anything else to see. There were a food vendor on the side cooking something delicious, but I was cautioned against eating.

The jeep stopped here for at most an hour before moving on.




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Train Cemetery, Uyuni

The first stop on my Salar de Uyuni tour, organized by Salty Desert Aventours, was the Train Cemetery. Located about 2 miles outside the town, the train tour is what it is: a train cemetery.

Uyuni used to be an important transportation hub, but after the mining industry collapsed in the 1940s, the trains were just abandoned. Since then, salty winds have corroded the metal and most of what was valuable has been long vandalized.







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Traveling to Uyuni, Boliva

On the suggestions of Andres' family and friends, I decided to book a ticket to Uyuni and visit the salt plains. The Salar de Uyuni is special and worth visiting because of two reasons: one, similar to Antelope Canyon in Arizona and Crater Lake in Oregon; there's just something special about the whiteness of the salt plains, the vastness, and the evening colors; and two, at 4,086 sq miles, the Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat.


To get to Uyuni from La Paz, I bought a round trip ticket through Amaszonas (total $151.67). You can take a bus down there which is dramatically cheaper, but it also takes a lot longer. The flight took about 45 minutes and was very comfortable.



To get from the Los Pinos area of La Paz to the airport which is located in El Alto, the easiest, and possibly safer option for tourist not great with Spanish is to schedule a pickup with the official taxi service. They usually arrive on time, pre-agree on a price, and call in intervals to update you on their location.

Upon flying over and landing in Uyuni, you'll notice right away the smallness of the town. So much so that I would not be surprised if tourism provided the majority of the town's revenue. To get from the town airport into town, you could probably walk in from the airport (if you're really strapped for cash), or you could just talk with the attendant at the information desk in the terminal for what current prices should be to avoid being ripped off.


Knowing the popularity of the Salar tours, I decided against booking a trip in La Paz before flying into Uyuni. Instead, upon landing that morning, I just walk into an office on the main street and asked if there was any openings left in their jeep.

The agency that I ultimately decided to go with was called: Salty Desert Aventours.

Tours typically leave around 11 so if you land in town anytime before that, you'll easily be able to secure a tour. Because of competition, I feel most agencies probably offer you the same level of service and quality of tour.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

First Morning in Bolivia

When we landed Friday, it was about 1am in the morning. Andres' fiance and her father came to pick us up at the airport. Twisting and turning down the hill, by the time we got to home, it was 2am. When we entered, Andres' friends and family surprised him in the kitchen. It was heartwarming to see how many people were excited about his return.

The following morning, Andres left to take care of wedding matters. In his absence, his family took care of me and showed me around the neighborhood. The highlight of the trip had to be the fruit market down the street. Andres' mother had me try a variety of fruits I didn't recognize and drinks I didn't know, all of which were delicious.




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Traveling to La Paz, Bolivia

On October 12th, I flew with my roommate to Bolivia to celebrate his wedding.

The itinerary was tight, took place almost immediately after my final test, and did not afford a lot of room for error.

To cut costs, we bought a Southwest flight into Los Angeles first and then another ticket to Bolivia (Avianca Airlines). The time between landing in Los Angeles and flying off to Bolivia was 1.45hrs. I ended up landing in Terminal 1 and nervously jogging to Terminal 4.

In total, my round trip ticket cost me: $844.47.

$844.47 = RT LAX-Bolivia: $673.52 + RT PHX-LAX: $170.95

My trip to Boliva marked my first time into South America. Years ago I had a chance to visit Brazil, but graduate school had be pretty occupied so I didn't go.

To be frank, I didn't know what to expect when I landed in the country. I think my only impression was that Bolivia was a tiny Spanish-speaking country nested deep in South America.

In all, the flight over to Bolivia was quite fast. Although it took about 20 hours of transferring from country to country and layovers, I was in good company and had a lot of things to watch on the plane. I ended up having a pretty great time in Bolivia and in total spent about 10 days there.

Our flight path: LAX in Los Angeles to Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica. Then from Costa Rica to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima Peru. Finally, from Peru to El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bolivia - Current State of Affairs

As a prelude to my Bolivia posts, I felt it was appropriate to do some retroactive research on the country I visited a few weeks back. What I discovered was that Bolivia is not as small as I thought.

Disclaimer: for transparency, most of what follows gratuitously borrows from the sites that I found, but I've referenced them in each section for you to visit for more information as well as list them at the bottom of the page under 'Sources'. What follows now is a combination of copy-pasting and word-smithing on my part. Regardless, I hope you learn something about Bolivia. 



Current State of Affairs

2017 President: Evo Morales

Capital: Sucre, La Paz

Currency: Bolivian boliviano

Population Size: 10.89 million

Political Climate:
http://www.panamatoday.com/international/evo-morales-criticizes-panama-disclaim-election-venezuela-4791
In 2005, left-wing candidate, Evo Morales, was elected president. Evo Morales won the 2005 presidential election with 53.7% of the votes, an absolute majority, unusual in Bolivian elections. 

A leader of a coca-growers union, Morales was the first president to emerge from a social movement whose protests forced Bolivia's two previous presidents from office. On election, he promised to govern in favor of Bolivia's indigenous majority, who had suffered centuries of marginalization and discrimination. But his first move, a few months after taking office, was to begin the process of putting Bolivia's rich gas fields under state control. On May 1st, 2006, Morales announced his intent to re-nationalize Bolivian hydrocarbon assets.

Amid protests and disputes, he won a referendum in August 2008 on whether he should stay in office, and then a few months later a referendum approved his plans for a new constitution.

On August 6th, 2006, Morales opened the Bolivian Constituent Assembly to begin writing a new constitution aimed at giving more power to the indigenous majority. 

In February 2009, Morales redefined the rights of the indigenous majority, granting more regional and local autonomy to them and redefining Bolivia as a "multi-ethnic and pluri-cultural" nation. That same year, he was re-elected president of Bolivia. His party, Movement for Socialism, also won a two-thirds majority in both houses of the National Congress.

Currently, there is concern among the minority voters who live in the major cities on whether or not Morales's policies are unfairly antagonising the middle-class who believe he is too radical.

Economy:
http://www.yim778.com/group/coca/
The Bolivian economy has had a historic pattern of a single-commodity focus. From silver to tin to coca, Bolivia has enjoyed only occasional periods of economic diversification. Political instability and difficult topography have constrained efforts to modernize the agricultural sector.

Rampant inflation and corruption also have thwarted development, but in the early twenty-first century the fundamentals of its economy showed unexpected improvement, leading major credit rating agencies to upgrade Bolivia's economic rating in 2010. The mining industry, especially the extraction of natural gas and zinc, currently dominates Bolivia's export economy.

Bolivia's estimated 2012 gross domestic product (GDP) totaled $27.43 billion at official exchange rate and $56.14 billion at purchasing power parity.

Despite a series of mostly political setbacks, between 2006 and 2009 the Morales administration has spurred growth higher than at any point in the preceding 30 years. The growth was accompanied by a moderate decrease in inequality.

A major blow to the Bolivian economy came with a drastic fall in the price of tin during the early 1980s, which impacted one of Bolivia's main sources of income and one of its major mining industries.

Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in South America.The government has a long-term sales agreement to sell natural gas to Brazil through 2019.

Language:

Bolivia has great linguistic diversity as a result of its multiculturalism. The Constitution of Bolivia recognizes 36 official languages besides Spanish: Aymara, Araona, Baure, Bésiro, Canichana, Cavineño, Cayubaba, Chácobo, Chimán, Ese Ejja, Guaraní, Guarasu'we, Guarayu, Itonama, Leco, Machajuyai-Kallawaya, Machineri, Maropa, Mojeño-Ignaciano, Mojeño-Trinitario, Moré, Mosetén, Movima, Pacawara, Puquina, Quechua, Sirionó, Tacana, Tapieté, Toromona, Uru-Chipaya, Weenhayek, Yaminawa, Yuki, Yuracaré, and Zamuco.

Spanish is the most spoken official language in the country, according to the 2001 census; as it is spoken by more than 60% of the population. All legal and official documents issued by the State, including the Constitution, the main private and public institutions, the media, and commercial activities, are in Spanish.

Demographics:

Some 62.43% of Bolivians live in urban areas, while the remaining 37.57% in rural areas. 

70% of the population is concentrated in the departments of La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. 

Bolivia has a young population. According to the 2011 census, 59% of the population is between 15 and 59 years old, 39% is less than 15 years old. Almost 60% of the population is younger than 25 years of age.

The ethnic composition of Bolivia is diverse. There are approximately three dozen native groups totaling approximately half of the Bolivian population. Exact numbers vary based on the wording of the ethnicity question and the available response choices. For example, the 2001 census did not provide "mestizo" as a response choice, resulting in a much higher proportion of respondents identifying themselves as belonging to one of the available indigenous ethnicity choices.

Mestizos are distributed throughout the entire country and make up 26% of the Bolivian population. Most people assume their mestizo identity while at the same time identifying themselves with one or more indigenous cultures. 

Whites comprised about 14% of the population in 2006, and are usually concentrated in the largest cities: La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba.

Sources:
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia
  2. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Bolivia
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Bolivia - History

As a prelude to my Bolivia posts, I felt it was appropriate to do some retroactive research on the country I visited a few weeks back. What I discovered was that Bolivia is not as small as I thought.

Disclaimer: for transparency, most of what follows gratuitously borrows from the sites that I found, but I've referenced them in each section for you to visit for more information as well as list them at the bottom of the page under 'Sources'. What follows now is a combination of copy-pasting and word-smithing on my part. Regardless, I hope you learn something about Bolivia. 


Photo Credit: Thomas Bonnin

A Brief History of Bolivia [1,2,3]

I. Pre-colonial Bolivia

Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, advanced Indian societies inhabited the Andes region of South America. First it was the Tiwanaku, which ruled a great empire in Bolivia and southern Peru until 1200, then it was the Aymara people, which emerged as the most powerful of the ethnic groups living in the densely populated region surrounding Lake Titicaca, and then finally it was the Incas.

In 1450, the Incas came and incorporated upper Bolivia into their growing empire. Based in present-day Peru, they instituted many agriculture and mining practices, as well as established a strong military force and centralized political power. Although they tried, the Incas never fully succeeded in completely controlling the nomadic tribes of the Bolivian lowlands, or assimilating the Aymara kingdoms into their society. As a result, they were less than complete when the European arrived.

II. Arrival of the Spaniards

In 1524, Francisco Pizarro, Diego de Almagro, and Hernando de Luque led the Spanish discovery and conquest of the Inca empire. They first sailed south along the Pacific coast from Panama to confirm the existence of a legendary land of gold called "Biru" (later altered to Peru). Because the rapidly expanding Inca Empire was internally weak, when they discovered Bolivia, conquest was remarkably easy.

The Spaniards founded cities in Bolivia at Chuquisacac (1538), La Paz (1548), Cochabamba (1571) and Oruro (1606). In 1545 silver was discovered at Potosi and the Spanish used forced labor to mine the silver. As a result, many of the Indians who were forced to work in mines died there and many more died of European diseases.

III. Bolivian Independence

Following the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in 1807 by Napoleon, Spanish control and influence weakened in Bolivia. Internal conflicts had already been happening and Napoleon's influence in Spain only exasperated things in Bolivia.

On May 25, 1809, radical criollos of Upper Peru led one of Latin America's first independence revolts. Although defeated, the radicals set the stage for more successful rebellions. After July 1809, Spain never again fully controlled Upper Peru. The region became the battleground for a seven-year struggle between royalist troops from Peru and the forces of the independent Argentine Republic.

In 1820, conflict re-emerged in Upper Peru among three groups: loyalists, who accepted the direction of the Spanish Cortes; rebels, led by Simón Bolívar Palacios; and Conservative Party criollos, led by General Pedro Antonio de Olañeta, who refused to join either royalist forces or the rebel war effort. Bolívar's victory over royal troops at the Battle of Ayacucho in 1824, followed by the assassination of Olañeta by his own men on April 1, 1825, brought to an end Spanish rule in Upper Peru.

In honor of the Simon Bolivar the hero of the independence movement, the new nation was named Bolivia.

Sources:

  1. http://www.localhistories.org/bolivia.html
  2. http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/History/Bolivia-history.htm
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Bolivia
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Bolivia - Geography

Samaipata, Santa Cruz. Cody Hinchliff. https://www.flickr.com/people/72134381@N00
As a prelude to my Bolivia posts, I felt it was appropriate to do some retroactive research on the country I visited a few weeks back. What I discovered was that Bolivia is not as small as I thought.

Disclaimer: for transparency, most of what follows gratuitously borrows from the sites that I found, but I've referenced them in each section for you to visit for more information as well as list them at the bottom of the page under 'Sources'. What follows now is a combination of copy-pasting and wordsmithing on my part. Regardless, I hope you learn something about Bolivia. 


Geography [1,2,3,4]

Bolivia is landlocked by Chile and Peru in the West, and surrounded in the East and South by Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

Bolivia is a country of varied geography. Notable features include the Andes highland plateau Altiplano and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on Earth (shared with Peru). Terrain consists of the rugged Andes Mountains with a highland plateau (Altiplano), hills, and the lowland plains of the Amazon Basin.

Dalí Desert, Potosí. Joeke-Remkus de Vries. https://www.flickr.com/photos/70964793@N00
Generally speaking, the country can be broken into three Cordilleras. In the West is the Cordillera Occidental, the middle is Cordillera Central, and in the East is the Cordillera Oriental.



The Cordillera Occidental is a long line of mostly bleak, dormant volcanoes and solfataras (volcanic vents emitting sulfurous gases). The entire cordillera is of volcanic origin and an extension of the volcanic region found in southern Peru. The southern area receives almost no precipitation, and the landscape consists mostly of barren rocks. All of the Cordillera Occidental region is sparsely populated, and the south is virtually uninhabited.

In the Cordillera Central resides the Altiplano. Originally deep valleys between the three mountain ranges, the Altiplano has now been filled with sedimentary debris from frequent washing. The Cordillera Central divides the three river basins in the country and also has the second highest peaks in Bolivia. Rainfall in the Altiplano decreases toward the south, and the scrub vegetation grows more sparse, eventually giving way to barren rocks and dry red clay. The land contains several salt flats, the dried remnants of ancient lakes. The largest of these is the Uyuni Saltpan, which covers over 9,000 square kilometers.

Finally, in the East lies the Cordillera Oriental, a massive snow-capped series of stunning granite mountains. The northernmost part of the Cordillera Oriental, is the Cordillera Real, and contains an impressive snow-capped series of granite mountains, many of which, have peaks that exceed 6,000 meters. Two notable mountains are: Illimani (6,322 meters), which overlooks the city of La Paz, and Illampu (6,424 meters).

In the northeastern flank of the Cordillera Real is an area known as the Yungas, from the Aymara word meaning "warm valleys." The steep, almost inaccessible slopes and peaks of this mainly semitropical valley area northeast of La Paz offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Bolivia. Rainfall is heavy, and lush vegetation clings to the sides of narrow river valleys. The land is among the most fertile in Bolivia, but poor transportation has hindered its agricultural development.

Los Yungas, La Paz. Elias Bizannes from Sydney, Australia

Notable Figures, Facts: The most prominent feature of the Altiplano is Lake Titicaca. At 3,811 m (12,503 ft) above sea level, it is the highest commercially navigable body of water in the world. With a surface area of 9,064 km2 (3,500 sq mi), it is larger than Puerto Rico and is South America's second largest lake by surface area.

Sources:
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Bolivia
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordillera_Central_(Bolivia)
  3. http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/samerica/bolivia/boland.htm
  4. http://countrystudies.us/bolivia/26.htm
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hiking Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver Creek, AZ

During the hotter months (90-120F), which can start as early as March and run til October, a visit to a swimming hole can be a perfect way to get your mind off the heat. In my case, I decided to visit the Crack up in Wet Beaver Creek, roughly two hours north of Phoenix..


Trail Description 

Length: 7 miles round trip
Elevation Change: Small incline. Mostly flat. Roughly 300 feet
Difficulty Assessment: Easy
Trail Type: Out and Back

Dogs Allowed

Directions



Directions to trailhead is easy; if you're in the Phoenix valley, make your way towards highway 17 North and head North until you hit highway 179. Once you get to highway 179, take a right and head down the partially developed road. There are two lots you can park at to access the trail. The Bell trailhead lot and the overflow lot which provides access to the Bruce Brockett trailhead. The Bell Trailhead lot is small and fills fast on a weekend. The overflow is much larger by comparison and only one street before (on Soda Springs Rd). If you park in the overflow, you will begin your hike on the Bruce Brockett trailhead. Hike it to connect further down on Bell trailhead. It doesn't add much of a difference to your trail length.


The Hike


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hiking Stuart Lake, Leavenworth, WA

The town of Leavenworth is a great place to spend the weekend, as well as a good place to grab a beer and enjoy some live music. However, it's also an ideal place to go hiking! After all, it was the alpine majesty of the mountains that inspired Ted Price and Bob Rodgers to invest in the town.

In short, the hike to Stuart Lake is an absolutely incredible experience. There is so much to see on this trail. From the interesting mix of plant life, the roar of the river beside you, the diversity of plants and trees, to the lake itself; all of the aforementioned is what makes Stuart Lake such a fun and challenging day hike for anyone in the area.


Trail Description 

Length: 9 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1,984 feet
Difficulty Assessment: Moderate- Difficult
Trail Type: Out and Back

No Dogs

Northwest Forest Pass required to park

Official Site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev2_027010
You can buy it at various vendors. Annual is around $30, day pass is $5 and can be purchased at the lot. Have exact change if possible. Overnight passes available at the Leavenworth Ranger Station.

Directions


Directions to the trail head are simple:

  • Drive west along hwy 2 out of Leavenworth
  • Turn down Icicle Creek Rd, continue down the road until it takes you along the mountains
  • Continue to drive along Icicle Creed Rd for about 8 miles while looking for Eight Mile Rd.
  • Drive south onto Forest Service Road #7601/ Eight Mile Rd for about 4 miles on unpaved road until you reach the trail head parking lot. Be careful that you don't park at the wrong trail head. Read the signs. The parking lot is developed and has trashcans and toilets.
  • ***Stuart Lake Trail head is popular because it's also an entry point to the popular Enchantments hike. For this reason, parking may be problematic depending on the day and time you get there.


The Hike

Once you've paid for your permit, take some time to look at the message board and take in any messages that's relevant to you. Here, you will need to fill out a hikers tag.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Bavarian town Leavenworth in Washington

About two hours east of Seattle is the small town of Leavenworth. Partially inspired by Solvang in California, the town reinvented itself in the early 60's to take on a heavy Bavarian influence. Now, Leavenworth serves as a popular weekend getaway for both tourist and locals alike all throughout the year.


Home to the famous Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, Leavenworth is a great place to visit because it's not too far from Seattle, there's tons of beautiful hikes to explore on the way there, and ample hiking and climbing opportunities once you're actually in town.

To get there, you can either take highway 90 or 2. Either option seems to take about the same amount of time.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Hiking Franklin Falls, King County, Washington

Taken from WTA's site because I felt it summed up the hike perfectly: "At just 2 miles roundtrip with 400 feet in elevation gain, Franklin Falls is the perfect destination for any hiker looking for something easy and beautiful."


Trail Description
Length: 2 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 400 feet
Difficulty Assessment: Easy
Trail Type: Out and Back
Dog Friendly - Must be leashed

Northwest Forest Pass required to park
Official Site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev2_027010
You can buy it at various vendors. Annual is around $30, day pass is $5 and can be purchased at the lot. Have exact change if possible

Directions

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 47. Left off the freeway. Right at T in road for .4 miles. Left on FSR 58 for 2.5 miles to FSR 5830. Turn left and park before bridge, trailhead is just before bridge on the right -- Taken from AllTrails.


The Hike

I didn't look around too much when I was here, but my impression of the area is that it's a great place to camp for the weekend with family.

Although Franklin Falls is located right underneath the I-90W highway, it doesn't really take away too much from the area. It's still a neat little fall and perfect to have lunch at and let kids play in the water.

The hike from the parking lot to the falls is not difficult at all. It's a mostly flat 1-mile hike  straddled by the river and the road. As such, it's not uncommon to see people park their cars alongside the road rather than in the paid lot to avoid paying $5.


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hiking Snoqualmie Falls Trail, Washington

A wee bit past Issaquah and just outside of North Bend, lies Snoqualmie Falls. Easy to access off the 90-E, Snoqualmie Falls is a great place to visit, especially if you want to take a dip in the river.


Trail Description Length:
1.4 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 250 feet
Difficulty Assessment: Easy
Trail Type: Out and Back

Dog Friendly - Must be leashed

Directions:
Snoqualmie Falls is such a popular location that any map app should be able to locate this attraction. Just drive along the 90-east until you reach Northbend.

There are a few places to park: the main lot, the upper lot, and the lower lot. The main parking lot is a fee lot, while the upper and lower lot are free. I personally prefer parking at the lower lot. I start by looking at the falls from below, hike to the top for an alternative view, and then return down to the lot and hang out by the river for a bit.




The Hike

The walk to the bottom of the falls is not difficult at all and suitable for all ages and sizes. It's a flat walk towards some stairs that eventually lead to a walkway along the river.



And the end of the walkway, there is an area for people to take pictures. It's small however so be prepared to wait if you want a picture without other visitors in it.


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