Me and Jesse had a great trip down the Gorge to a place we've never been, Summit Falls. This is a pretty obscure little falls, and doesn't boast the mind-blowing heights of other more prominent tourist stops. These types of locations have always been my favorite, and this little jaunt didn't disappoint. Summit Falls has an upper and lower section, and the "trail" is accessed by a service road that most would overlook along I-84 East. The falls would certainly be enough reason to stop at this location, but there's another pretty impressive draw. A decent portion of the route to the falls is over an incredible moss covered portion of a now abandoned section of the 1916 Historic Highway. That's right, a road of moss. I didn't believe it until me and Jesse saw portions of perfect looking pavement between the moss, as well as old highway guard rails made out of stone. This moss has been growing here for over 50 years! If you want to feel like you're the last person on earth after a zombie takeover, this is a solid choice.
On to Summit Falls!
The lower portion of Summit Falls was fairly easy to get to, with just a bit of scrambling down the scree slope to get there. Like I said earlier, Summit Falls doesn't necessarily have any impressive stats to boast about, but me and Jesse loved our little pocket of solace we discovered, and it was all ours for over an hour. This was a great spot to get some slider shots and audio for the ongoing project, and of course was a great place to snap some regular pictures as well.
With future plans to reopen and refurbish many of the old sections of the Historic Hwy in 2016, I can't help but think that this series of falls is bound to get way more attention in the future. I also can't help but have mixed feelings about the restoration of this section of the highway, as the ruins and deterioration of what once was provided a pretty special experience.