|I take no responsibility for how we signed the logbook - we don't actually call ourselves that. Just so you know.|
I'm pretty excited right now - We were finally successful at geocaching! My friends and I have made a couple half-hearted attempts, but this was the first time we decided to really try with a gps - and it's pretty fun! It can be hard to tell whether you should give up or not, but it's a nice little thing to add onto a hike, especially if the waterfall you are seeing is less than spectacular (is that possible? I don't even know...)
We chose a geocache location near Upper Princess Falls, which is off of the Chedoke Radial Trail. There are a ton of waterfalls you can see off of this trail (Chedoke Falls, Cliffview Falls, Westcliffe Falls, Mountview Falls, Princess Falls, and Scenic Falls) so it can make for a great hike if you want to get a taste of what's in the area, and it's an easily bikeable path as well. It's also nice because it doesn't have to be an intense hike, since the rail trail is pretty straightforward, and many of the falls are close to the trail.
If you start at the parking lot of the Chedoke Golf Course and head right (looking at the escarpment), the first waterfalls you would come across would be Westcliffe and Cliffview Falls. Keep following the Chedoke Trail, and you will come across a large metal bridge and you will see another waterfall to your left! This is Mountview Falls, and even though it may not be the most scenic of waterfalls, it is actually pretty interesting!
We kept walking down the trail for probably around ten minutes, until we reached Upper Princess Falls. It is on the lefthand side of the trail, and you can also see Lower Princess Falls on the other side of the fence, down the escarpment. I don't think it's possible to get to the lower falls from the trail...we got to the other side of the fence and looked for a way to scale down, but no such luck.
|Upper Princess Falls|
|I love how happy we are with this extremely tiny waterfall...|
Needless to say, we were extremely excited at having found it!
|Signing the teeny logbook|
After a granola bar to celebrate our victory we headed on down the trail to Scenic Falls. It is about ten minutes down on the righthand side, where you see a blue marker for the Iroquoia Heights Trail. It was a beautiful location, but there was not a lot of water, so I'm going to hold off on posting about it until I can do it justice!
There are a lot of geocache locations in Hamilton (or wherever you are!) and of course so many natural areas to explore - leave a few good treasures for me to find!