I really try to abide by the artwork you are proud of upload rule, but the adventure I had today was so amazing I wanted to share it despite the mediocre pic.
About a month ago I tried to visit Little River Falls but due to the roughness of the terrain, finding my way, rain and limited time (I did it after work) I never actually got there. I worked this out at home with the aid of a map after the fact, realising then that I had only reached as far as the cascades below the falls not the falls themselves. Even so the cascades were more spectacular than many ‘waterfalls’ I’d been to in the area.
I left my car at 3:00pm powered the 3km up the track along the rough foot pad next to the cascades reaching my previous high point by about 4:00pm. From here I had a better look at the route I thought I’d take on my previous attempt quickly deciding that the higher it went the worse it got so was very glad I didn’t try that one in the rain and fading light last time. Instead I back tracked along the base of the cliffs until a likely route could be found up them. Scaling this I found the terrain to be completely virgin with no sign whatsoever of previous passage. Not surprising as it was very steep, with a lot of loose rock, not a place to loose your head. Eventually I reached the top of the first waterfall after some unpleasant blackberry encounters and was rewarded with a sunlit waterfall which was amazing considering how narrow the gorge was. Unfortunately access to the bottom of the falls was impossible (as you can see by the picture, that drop is about 30 or 40m high by the way) so I had to content myself with a view from the top. I was however already planning a return trip with some mates and abseiling gear to see them properly from the bottom.
From here I continued steeply upstream, surmounting more cliffs, blackberries, leeches, nettle stings, a sword grass cut, mudslides, loose rock, thick undergrowth and slippery slime and moss covered logs and rocks. I was having an awesome time. Eventually I reached the tributary which led to the next waterfall, upon crossing this I continued upstream towards the main drop but was stopped by a particularly dense bit of undergrowth which I felt considering the encroaching dusk it was not prudent to continue past (this time). Instead I headed back and up the incredibly steep tributary which was basically one giant vegetated waterfall before finally coming across a clearer patch with some views. A few more pics and I started the return journey, after much steepness I finally reached the footpad at the base of the gorge just as it got dark (6:30pm) and continued from here by torch light to my car by 7:30, home by 8:30, chat with the Mrs. then dinner, rb and bed.
What a great day, can’t wait to go back and finally see the first waterfall from the base and check out the top drop, although I think I better allow a full day next time.
As always thanks for looking and reading.
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