Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sweet Creek's Homestead Trail

It was a short drive from Florence—seeming even shorter than the map’s 15 miles due to the sunny morning—along Highway 126 to the Siuslaw River Bridge in Mapleton. Crossing the bridge and turning onto Sweet Creek Road for 10 miles brought us to the Homestead Trailhead turnaround.
In this Coast Range valley of Oregon, the Sweet Creek Trail follows the cascading waters of Sweet Creek.

At times, the trail was several feet away from the creek, but always within sight of the creek.
But for most of the roughly one mile distance, the trail followed the Sweet Creek, right along the bank.

A portion of the trail was a metal structure that hugged the rocky cliff along the creek.
All along the trail, the sound of the rushing water offered a welcome accompaniment to the warmth of the sun.

A plaque along the trail identifies the falls below as the Annice Falls. It occurs along an unnamed tributary of Sweet Creek, immediately above the top of Punchbowl Canyon Falls. The falls slide about 35 feet into Sweet Creek, adjacent to another 8 foot fall along Sweet Creek.
Annice Falls

The falls were named for Annice Marie Ellingson Johnson, a former secretary of Mapleton Elementary of 30 years, who was born and raised on a ranch on the banks of Sweet Creek.
It was an easy walk with few changes in elevation. However, I still had to follow the “walk with your head down; look around when you’re standing still” guideline in order to avoid the rocks in many sections of the trail.

The valley here was settled in 1879 by the Zarah T. Sweets, a family of Oregon Trail pioneers. The modern trail incorporates portions of an early wagon road.
I’m not sure how much of a drop was required to earn the designation of “waterfall,” but the absence of a title for sections of the creek did not adversely affect the enjoyment of the walk.


eyad ammar said...

شركة تنظيف بالطائف شركة الهدي افضل شركة نقل عفش بالطائف كذلك هى افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
شركه الهدى
شركة رش بالطائف
خدمات الطائف
شركة تنظيف بالطائف
شركة تنظيف فلل بالطائف
نظافه عامه بالطائف
شركة تنظيف منازل بالطائف

eyad ammar said...

شركة تنظيف شقق بالطائف
نقل عفش بالطائف
بالطائف شفط بيارات
تسليك مجارى بالطائف
تنظيف خزنات بالطائف
رش مبيدات بالطائف
نقل عفش بخميس مشيط
شركة عزل اسطح بالطائف

eyad ammar said...

ان اردت نقل عفش منزلك بالدمام ابيات الشرقية من اهم شركات نقل العفش بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والقطيف والاحساء
شركة المتحدة
شركة نقل عفش بنجران
شركة نقل عفش بخميس مشيط
شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
شركة نقل عفش بمكة
شركة نقل عفش بينبع
شركة نقل عفش بابها

eyad ammar said...

شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش ببريدة
شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم
شركة نقل عفش بتبوك