Proxy Falls in Winter
Kate and I went up to the mountains this weekend to do a bit of hiking and our destination was Proxy Falls in the Three Sisters Wilderness. While normally this isn't much of a hike to get to, the road that goes through this part of the Cascades, the Mackenzie Pass Highway (242), is closed during the winter due to snow.
So, we parked the car at the gate and walked the 3.5 miles up the road to the trailhead. The road is nice and we had one good view of the North Sister. I have read that this is a very scenic drive in the summer but it is also quite popular. Not on this day though, as we were the only people around, and judging by the snow drifts on the road we were the first people to come through in several days.
Once we made the trailhead, it's about one mile to the falls and the view once we got there is truly spectacular. I took a couple photos and Kate did some reading. It was pretty cold and the spray coming off Proxy is some of the most intense I have seen. This made keeping the front element of the lens dry a bit tricky, so I kept the shooting to just a few frames.
We spent about an hour at the falls before making our way back to the car and then had a quick stop at the Belknap Hot Springs for a quick soak.
Keywords: Cascade Mountains, Landscape, Mackenzie River Highway, Oregon, Proxy Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness, Waterfall
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