Lead a group of 5 vehicles, 9 people and 4 dogs into the North Willamette NF and Santiam SF for some waterfall viewing and exploring Saturday. The day was a rainy, foggy day, not ideal conditions, but still a nice day. Didn’t take as many photos as usual with the rain.
Then we headed back down and took 2223 up the main French Creek drainage.
We made a few stops at viewing points.
We then headed for Knutson Saddle but ran into some snow. The first snow crossing was easy, but the next one was on a hill climb so we decided to turn around and took a break for the dogs and kids to play awhile.
Then we headed back to Hwy 22 and down to Sardine Creek. With the rain; we headed straight to the first creek crossing which has a falls without stopping to explore the creek as we normally would.
After a lunch break, we continued up valley to the second creek crossing. This stretch has a rocky climb with one minor obstacle, a rock poised at door height on the down hill-side and a step on the up hill-side. Everyone made it through fine. At the second creek crossing, part of the group hung out while a few went to take a quick look on the other side. After regrouping, we called it a day and headed back down. The rain let up some, so I made a stop on the way down for some pictures.
There is a more detailed post on our forum at Sardine Creek.