Sometime in early 2019 we learned of a small (30-foot high) waterfall on Seldom Creek near Lake of the Woods. There were even a few pictures of it on the web gushing heartily. Since it was only a short ways off Highway 140, we swung by for a quick visit in May 2019 after a nice hike at Spence Mountain. After a little wandering through the woods we came upon the falls – or rather the large trickle that passed for them. No gushing, hearty or otherwise, was observed. Saddened, but not discouraged, we vowed to try again. This is how obsessions start…
As we learned after our first attempt, the peculiar hydrology feeding Seldom Creek means that conditions have to be just right or there’s no gush. Or much of anything actually. This gives these falls the Brigadoon-like quality of appearing only sporadically and then only briefly. We’re in a severe (D2) drought at the moment, but had nonetheless accumulated a slightly above normal snowpack over the winter. We figured that this snow, combined with the recent onset of warm Spring weather, would be enough to get the falls flowing at more than a trickle.
So we went to see. This wasn’t so much a hike (about a mile round-trip) as an excuse to be outside for a couple of hours. There was no idle wandering this time. We went straight to the falls. Or where the falls sometimes are.
But today, none. No gushing. Not even a trickle. Just the muffled drip, drip of melting snow.
So we hiked up the dry creek bed, up the dry falls, and back to the car.
Timing is everything, especially with this waterfall. Had the gush already happened? Or is it yet ahead? Or did this year’s drought-plagued Great Meadow just suck-up the gush? Hard to say. We do know now is that if the Great Meadow is dry (or we can’t see water flowing in Seldom Creek where it passes under the road), it’s not worth making the trek (however short) to the falls. 😦
Otherwise it was a beautiful sunny spring day 😎 and we were rewarded with a stunning view of a still snow-capped Mount McLoughlin on the way home. 🙂 And, of course, we’ll try again (and perhaps again and again) to see these elusive falls… 🙄HOME