Our daylight is decreasing quickly this time of year. We got in a little over an hour and a half of hiking up Big Creek after supper tonight, coming out the last bit just past the official "last light" time. I shot these photos before it got too dark for pictures. The one above represents the mysterious atmosphere of the lower portion of Big Creek Canyon quite well. I've had two different women, at two different times, tell me they have driven to the trailhead to hike here during daylight, only to turn around and leave without hiking because they didn't like the eerie feeling they got. The growing darkness only magnifies the feeling of Big Creek, but it's a wonderful place to hike. :)
The water is quite low this time of year, but always fascinating.
--Nikki / Out Here
9/22/2021 10:01:12 am
"Mysterious atmosphere" is right! I love Big Creek, and it is beautiful, but it's a little bit creepy! Fine if you're with a group, but a little scary hiking it alone. I went there once by myself and lasted maybe 10 minutes before turning around! I'm glad you were able to do some hiking there this late in the year, though!
Thanks, Dana. Big Creek is actually one of Megan's favorite trails. There's a certain section farther in that feels extra weird, even in the daytime, but more so when it's getting dark. You'll have to come with us up Big Creek again sometime, so you can hike it with a group and feel more at ease. :)
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