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Old 08-02-2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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"The only alternative for the general hiking public to avoid the crossings is to come via Flowed Lands and the Opalescent River trail. A much longer approach, but a worthwhile one if you're willing to do the extra mileage- you get to see Hanging Spear Falls, a worthwhile destination in it's own right."

That's what I did -- I camped up there. It was a nice area, and the falls are great. It was also one of my bear sighting occasions, though not a problem. Actually it was so long ago I was bear bagging: pre-canister! At that time as I remember, Allen was considered more of an overnight and not so many did it as a day hike. Or maybe I was deluded, but it was a fun trip anyway. About 20 years ago.
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