My fiancee and have taken most of the past month off from hiking and snowshoeing because April is when the temperature begins to rise and the snow melts most of the local hiking trails into a muddy mess. However, the run off of melted snow travelling down the mountains makes early spring the best time of year to check out local waterfalls. We resolved to go for one hike in April, and chose the Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls trail in Lynn Canyon of the Vancouver north shore mountains.
The trail was indeed a muddy trek that required some waterproof hiking boots. We would repeatedly go up and down a series of small hills and often walk straight through some small streams. Being down in the canyon meant no panoramic views from a mountain peak, but the quiet ambience of the forest and the fresh air is always worth a hike as well. In terms of alternatives to panoramic photos, this hike had more opportunities to capture the busy and complex layers of the forest.
As the name of the hike suggests, there is a rather old and large cedar tree in the middle of the hike. As with most massive trees it was too large to catch in one photo, but you can extrapolate from the thickness of the trunk relative to the trees nearby. This tree also had some interesting shapes and colour sets to it compared to the rest of the trees. Truly a unique tree in the forest.
Finally, we reached the waterfall. As planned, it was roaring due to the snow melt during April. Not as we planned, the breeze coming off of the cold mountain water was frigid! We grabbed a couple of pictures before we froze with the few layers that we wore, and then headed home.
The scale is difficult to grasp from this shot, but the water below is far out of reach from where I am standing, and straight across from the top of my head would only reach 1/3 the way up the rock that splits the waterfall.