Pine Ridge Falls and Josiah Falls

A recent hike on 11-9-2009, with my friend Bol’Dar, to the Devil’s Fork Creek area of Clark’s Creek in the Sampson Mountain Wilderness area, brought back some fond memories of the old days when we used to explore this place on a regular basis. Of course we never knew the first set of falls were actually called Pine Ridge Falls and certainly did not call the falls beyond that Josiah Falls.  To us they were all just Devil’s Fork Falls: lower, middle and upper. There are also another nice set of falls above Josiah that we call the upper falls but according to my research they are called ‘Devil’s Slide’ and ‘Lilybeth’ falls. I plan a trip to them soon as I have more time.

Pine Ridge Falls

Pine Ridge Falls

To see the next set of larger falls beyond the Pine Ridge Falls you need to take precaution as crossing these (which is done by carefully climbing the rocks across the right side) is a bit dangerous. After that it’s not so bad following Devil’s Creek to the next set of falls (Josiah) but it is hardly traveled anymore so the trail is overgrown and can be hard to find so the basic rule of thumb is to follow the creek as best you can.

Josiah Falls (Devil's Fork)

Josiah Falls (Devil's Fork)

There is another very nice set of falls above these however reaching them is not for the inexperienced hiker. I recommend coming down from the top of Rich mountain through the Devils Fork gorge to go down all of the falls rather than climb them but beware as it is grown up since when we used to do this all the time. To see more photos of these falls please visit my photo gallery and look for the waterfalls album.

Posted on 10 November '09 by , under RATtreks.

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