We spent Thursday and Friday nights camping out at Lower Falls Rec. Area, which is roughly 2 hours away from us, up in the forest between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. It's gorgeous up there, and the weather was wonderful, so we had a great time exploring the area.
Lower Falls Rec Area is named after--what else?--Lower Falls, the third of three big waterfalls on the Lewis River. They're all fairly close together, so it's easy to hike past all three in a few hours. The campground by Lower Falls isn't amazing, but nice enough, and with the falls so close, it's hard to complain. They've done a nice job of making the river and the falls really accessible; there's multiple viewpoints and stairs down to the river.
Looking down the river to the edge where the falls begin. The water is really smooth in places, but the current is quite strong.
A rainbow created by mists from the falls.
At places, the trail was overhung by cliffs. It was weird to look up and see all that rock and vegetation hanging over our heads.
A huge, really tall tree. Maybe it was a survivor from an older forest.
There was a viewpoint at the top where you could get really close to the falls. This is zoomed in on that. It's amazing to see how powerful these waterfalls are!
One of the bridges over a creek was broken, so there were signs posted on the trail in either direction to let people know that it was "closed."
Experimenting with campfire pictures. I set my camera up on my tripod, and did a really wide aperture and slow shutter speed.