It rained for much of the hike, but this was fine by me. We are having a drought here, so need the rain. Plus, it kept the temperatures lower and the normally busy trails were practically deserted, good things both. Unfortunately, I wasn't really adequately prepared for rain. I had brought Frankie's rain coat, but not his rain pants or rain hat, and had no waterproofs for myself. In my defense, I checked the weather that morning, and the forecast predicted 0% chance of rain in each hour, all day. Based on that, I made the decision to carry the smaller pack and travel light. We did get wet, especially me, but we suffered no ill consequences, as it was plenty warm. I didn't even bother changing into the dry clothes I had waiting in the car, although Frankie did take off his wet pants in favor of dry shorts. But I definitely won't be packing light when cooler temperatures arrive.
This is a short, but rewarding hike, even in the rain. It is approximately 3.2 miles roundtrip with about 650 feet elevation gain. Tinker Falls is more striking in the spring when snow melt increases the stream flow, but the amphitheater behind the falls is cool any time of year, as is the view point on Jones Hill.
|I have never seen this creek so dry|
|at the top of the falls|
|Frankie was devastated that this tree he'd played in last year finally fell down -- there were tears|
|Working the lollipop I gave him to distract him from the tragedy of the fallen tree|
|Turns out you can blow bubbles in the rain|