We finally got a much needed break from the winter gloom on Saturday, so we took a trip to the Coastal Mountain Range to hike Kentucky Falls. This was one of the first hikes we took when we moved to Eugene back in 2012, but it looked completely different this time around. We first visited in October, which is the end of the dry season here, so although the hike was beautiful, the waterfalls were nowhere near as impressive as they were during this very, very rainy season.
There are three awesome waterfalls on this hike, starting with Upper Kentucky Falls near the beginning of the trail. This was just a little trickle the last time we visited, but it was quite the rushing waterfall this time around.
At the bottom of the trail are Smith Falls and Lower Kentucky Falls, which were both throwing out so much water that we got pretty wet standing at a distance. Last time, the water flow was so small that Eric was able to walk all the way up to Lower Kentucky Falls, but it was a bit too wet, slippery, and cold this time around.
Waterfalls and sunshine are good for the soul. And a good reminder of the beauty that comes from all these gray Pacific Northwest days.