This is a teensy tiny little trail I found while looking for another trail, and trying to hunt down some fall color. There was some color, but that is not what made this trail special.
Some nice orange leaves.
A nice green tunnel.
The trail quickly leads to a bridge.
View down the canyon from the bridge.
There is a thin trail near the bridge with this little sign. Blink and you’ll probably miss it.
Not too far up you reach a nice little twin waterfall.
This canyon is pretty narrow so the trail is as well.
Little bit o color.
View up the canyon. Not quite as much color as I was hoping for but it is still pretty.
Some pretty purple flowers.
I like the boulders, rounded out rocks, and gnarled roots in this little alcove.
Some color and water. I was pushing on a little further even though we were running out of time in hopes of finding another waterfall. I noticed a sign just a little further and decided that would be our turn around point for the day.
Another cool little alcove.
Awww, a little snake!
And here is the sign. What what what? Native American rock art??? Seriously? Here? In Centerville? Pictographs? No way.
Yep. In Centerville of all places. I have lived here for almost 10 years and had no idea this is here, and I am constantly exploring the local trails. Here is the entire panel.
A couple of my favorite shots.
Looking back at the entire panel again. You know, honestly I probably would not have noticed these if it weren’t for the sign. Just another reminder to keep your eyes open or who knows what you might miss!
I am going to take a moment to reiterate what the signs says. If you come here, take pictures, take tons of pictures, but do not touch them. Do not trace them, stencil, or attempt to do rubbings. This is history people. The longer we can protect them the more people will get to learn from them, be inspired and awed by them. Do your part to preserve them for future generations.
*steps off soap box*
Well that got me all excited again! So we started looking around for any other interesting things that might be up here. While I was wandering around at the creek, Landis thought he spotted a waterfall up ahead, so we decided to push up a little further.
The creek again. Nope, no waterfall, and the canyon curved around. I would really like to explore further up, but we needed to get going.
A look up the side of the canyon.
A look back down. Some color.
More purple flowers.
some more color.
And back to the tree tunnel.
Nice view of the valley below. That was a fun little adventure. I am definitely going to have to visit here again.
I almost didn’t want to post this particular adventure because doing a few searches I can find no information on this amazing little find today. The less people that know about it, the longer it will stay protected. Luckily the trail is kind of hard to find, and is just difficult and boring enough that I don’t think a lot of people know about it, or are willing to explore it far enough.
It is a rough and thin trail, hard to find at times, but there were not a lot of people, and particularly due to the wonderful, and completely unexpected end prize this random trail gets a perfect 10 from me.
As for difficulty, its a very thin hardly used trail with some steep parts and some boulder scrambling so even though it is short I am going to give it a DR4.