Krystian Gibson

Photographers point of view

I did a lot of research on this place before finally going. Even with all the research there were still things that were somewhat unexpected. I arrived at 6:30pm last Monday.. Specifically because my model and I wanted to get there as people were leaving. Many were leaving at that time, but there were still quite a few. I did this hike while 25 weeks pregnant.. Although I was able to do it, it was difficult. People mention going over the log jam, but don't mention that it's not just a quick up and down. You climb up, then have to weave your way around on top of the logs where it can be slippery and there are places to fall through, etc. It was longer than I expected. After getting off of that section, there is one more smaller portion up ahead that you need to get through. After that the hike is easy amd short. I did see people with smaller children and dogs.. It is possible but I wouldn't risk it unless you are very secure and have a good pack or something to put them in. We went on a 90 degree day and the water really wasn't too cold and it was easy to get used to. It reached my upper thighs and I'm 5'5.. There are some deeper parts but you can avoid them. There were quite a few people still at the falls but quickly thinned out around 7:15, when we were able to get some good shots without other people in the background. We headed back out about an hour later and there were only probably 8 other people around. Originally we had wanted to arrive at 7am on a week day and I still think that would have been the better choice for less people and less waiting time. The falls are gorgeous as well as the canyon.. The pictures turned out amazing (find them @krystian.nykole) I will definitely be going back in the future.