Walla Walla, WA
Explorer | 20 pts
Backpacked this trail with a friend on 6/25/93, which was really stupid. This trail rises 3000 vertical feet in 3 miles, terminating near Nesmith Pt. and Yeon Mt. Better to attempt with a day or hip pack, preferably as a loop with Nesmith Pt. or Triple Falls for the return. Requires a number of handholds on rocks and tree trunks, frequently bending half way over to maintain a center of gravity. Once you get past the extremity of the trail, you will find the scenery is unlike the rest of the gorge. It has the look and feel of a steep rain forest, with excellent views at the Devils Backbone, also a good lunch stop. The Arch, somewhat earlier in the climb is a great stop for a snack and picture-taking. There is no water beyond the Pony Tail Falls gorge, so carry plenty.