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Seven Falls

Seven falls is a neat water fall that features a seven drop water fall, hence the name. The falls itself is quite dramatic and beautiful. I would recommend seeing it during the daylight hours if you want the more natural appearance of it. At night they illumnate it with some colored lights - which I suppose can be nice but a bit touristy.

There are several hiking trails around the falls you can explore. One is above the falls and you have to climb some very long stairs to get to the top. If you are afraid of heights or suffer any leg difficulties, forget it. By the time I reached the top my legs were burning quite nicely - I didn't bother to count the stairs, but there are a lot of them!

The climb is well worth it for the view however as you hike to the end of the trail you are rewarded with some nice overlooks.

More information on Seven Falls can be found at SevenFalls.com.


Seven Falls and Stairs
Seven Falls and Stairs
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Here is a pretty typical shot of Seven Falls. You can pretty clearly see the very loooong stairways leading up to the top of the falls. My leg muscles were burning pretty good when I reached the top, unfortunately there are not many areas to step out so you must keep going once you commit. I'd call it a good work out.

There's some nice short hiking trails up at the top. If you go, I would suggest bringing water with you as there are no facilities at the top. They have signs posted topside that strongly recommend not drinking the water because of water bourne diseases like "Beaver Fever" - also known as Giardiasis.


Around Seven Falls
Around Seven Falls
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Here is one of the many views at Seven Falls that can be seen at the end of the hiking trail. There are some pretty steep drops here so you will want to watch your step near the edges. This picture was taken opposite Helen Hunt Jackson's Gravesite. Helen Hunt Jackson was a prolific author who wrote a book railing against the government and its mistreatment of the Indians. Her work helped pass the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 which reformed the government's treatment of the Indians.

I actually saw a deer quietly run by while I was up there, unfortuantely I couldn't bring my digicam up in time to get a picture of it.


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