Hiking Donut Falls, take 2

Remember that time I hiked to Donut Falls but ended up missing the donut?

Well. I attempted it again.

This time I brought Austin with me, after much coercion persuasion.

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Trying to run away from my picture-taking

It was a lot snowier than the last time I did this – but it was packed down enough to make it walkable.

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I LOVED the weather – it wasn’t too cold, but the further we got into the canyon, the more frozen things got. My favorite was the half-frozen streams of water.

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Absolutely stunning

I hiked in my duck boots I got last year for Christmas. They were cheaper ones I got from the kids’ section of some department store (definite perks of having tiny feet) and I was worried that they wouldn’t give me enough traction on the ice.

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The boots were actually perfect to hike in, though – the packed snow might have been slick but I wouldn’t know because I never slipped. They were still slick on the ice, but that’s just the reality of ice. I think crampons would’ve worked, but for a short hike like this, crampons were unnecessary.

Once we reached the higher elevation, the stream/river/thing was frozen over and we even walked on it.

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Austin standing on the frozen river
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I apologize for the poor lighting – the contrast of the sun and the shadow is a little tough to work with, especially when taking pictures on my phone

Walking directly on ice is slippery. The snow provides good traction and helps you gain a better grip. My duck boots were honestly really good here. Plus, I had some nice wool/fleece-lined socks from Colombia and the best part is, I got a pair for $8!

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A waterfall in the process of freezing over

Okay, I’m going to do my best to explain here, especially with these low-light pictures. So I thought that my mistake last time was not going further left ENOUGH, so Austin and I climbed up a very steep, snowy hill that dead-ended rather quickly. We looked over at the overall waterfall and I took the picture that you see below.

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Due to the poor lighting (and my amateur photography skills), I’ve highlighted the path that actually leads up to the main part of the waterfalls.

We had to do a bit of scrambling here – there were some icy patches and I banged my knee on one area, but I kept going up because I was so determined to finally see Donut Falls in all its glory.

We happened upon a cave first.

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And then we moved into the cave.

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Kinda cramped – sorry it’s so blurry

And looking to the left, I finally saw them.

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BEHOLD

Also, here’s proof I’ve been there:

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The hike down was a little precarious, but I’ve decided having Austin hold my hand while we get down the icier parts isn’t too bad.

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We were absolutely mesmerized by the ice and flow of water beneath (and sometimes over) it.

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And by the time we finally got down, the sun peeked through the trees, the heavens opened, and God said, “I hate you, Alfalfa.”

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It was a good hike, and I FINALLY saw the donut.

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