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A Buck Short

I did some research looking for some new landscapes nearby and came across what this person called Turtle Creek Falls. I couldn't find anything else out there on this so I'm going with that name. I had a general idea where to look. It is in a ravine near another trail I've hiked several times, the Iron Canyon Loop. There isn't an established trail, this is just open BLM land where cows are turned out to graze.

 

Amazingly, we walked right too it. We headed into the ravine and there it was right in front of us. It's a fascinating formation of lava here at the foot of Mount Lassen. There is a rocky creek bed that just drops off 25' straight down into this recess that looks like the entrance to a sealed lava tube which are common in the area. While the geology is fascinating to me, Turtle Creek was a mere trickle. I was hoping it was fed by the nearby Hog Lake which is a seasonal lake, but it appears you have to arrive just after a storm to catch this flowing.

 

It was really challenging to find a safe way down into the belly of this crevasse. The path is very sheer and the vegetation was thick. Nevertheless, I got down to the base and took a couple shots to prove its here. Unless I get lucky with another slew of rain storms, I get to exercise my patience and hit this again next season. It's still fun to discover these little trinkets so close to home.

 

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Taken on April 18, 2011