|Jones Run Tra|
Eleven eager hikers met May 21 on a beautiful morning to hike the Jones Run – Doyles River loop. Ken Moss and Marit Gay led the hike and were not sure if the intended circuit hike would be attempted due to high water because of recent rains. Marit had pre-hiked it earlier in the week and was basically walking in rivers of water on the trail. Fortunately the levels had subsided and the decision was made to do the circuit hike.
|Jones Run Trail|
We began at Jones Run parking lot and enjoyed a wonderful downward hike along the raging Jones Run which includes three major waterfalls. Dan Ralston crossed the stream where Marit had done so earlier in the week and was separated from the group for the remainder of the hike, making his own adventure for the day. Dan is an experienced hiker though, so he used his map and GPS to find his way back to the parking lot at the end of his route.
|Big Falls on Jones Run|
Meanwhile the group was admiring the beautiful flora and waterfalls. We had some excitement at the point where we forded the river. Some chose to walk through and others donned their sandals and crocs to cross. Ken and Lindsay Brown shared a pair of Crocs and treking poles to get across. Refreshing!
|Lunch along Doyles River|
Once we intersected the Doyles River Trail we split up for a while to try and determine where Dan might be. Ken and Lindsay stayed at the intersection and the others went on to the lower falls to enjoy a rest and lunch. We were lulled by the cascading water until the others rejoined us. From here we continued on the Doyle River Trail. We met many other hikers now, as this is a very popular trail. Many pools of water invited us to swim, but we held off knowing the spring water temperatures would be a little too frigid yet.
|View from Doyles River Cabin|
|Doyles River Cabin|
Submitted by Marit Gay