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Old 10-25-2017, 07:22 PM   #1
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Wilcox Outlet Falls, WLWF, 25 Oct, 2017

I had some time this morning for a reasonably short hike to the waterfalls on the Wilcox Lake Outlet deep in the heart of the namesake Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. The last time I visited these falls was over 30 years ago with my child bride. I'm a little disappointed that I haven't been back since. They're fantastic, especially after yesterday's heavy rain.

Parking at the end of Pumpkin Hollow Rd, I immediately crossed the fast flowing Doig Creek on a good snowmobile bridge.

After crossing the bridge, I looked back and thought it would make a good photo.

The multi-use trail, freshly marked with red disks, headed up over the shoulder of Pine Mt. The 275+ feet climb wasn't too bad and in some of the steeper spots, I was surprised to see old corduroy poked through the wet leaves.

The trail leveled off for a bit passing through some beautiful woods. I then descended a short, but steep, grade and wound through some skinny woods for a while.

At the appropriate point, I jumped off trail and began my bushwhack to the falls. It really wasn't that difficult, as I could hear the rush of the outlet flowing out of the vly. When I arrived at the Wilcox Outlet, the water was really impressive.

I set my course and headed downstream. A few minutes of bushwhacking through some very wet red spruce whips, brought me to the 15' falls and huge plunge pool.

As I snacked on my apple, I contemplated the beauty of the falls and vowed not to wait another 30 years before I re-visit this special place. Maybe next time I can take my wife. Either way, it was good to be out today.
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:01 PM   #2
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Nice report & photos, TM.
Great to see you again didn't tell me that special story behind those many great memories you have in that area, thanks again for sharing your adventures with us!
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing your photos and day's experience with us. It's greatly appreciated.

Take care and until next well.

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Old 10-26-2017, 12:26 PM   #4
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Tick, We will be in the whole WLWF for ten days starting on the 10th. I hope the temps drop a few degrees!!!!

....... with the good Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise.......
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Old 10-26-2017, 05:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments folks.

I've always loved the little nooks and crannies of the WLWF. So much to see, so little time left.
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