There are few places where I can run that I can go back to time and time again, where it feels like I'm experiencing it for the very first time. Lynn Canyon and neighboring Rice Lake definitely qualify as one of those places. I can run these trails in the heat of summer, the rains and mud of spring and fall, and even during the fresh snow and ice in winter.
I first discovered Lynn Canyon many many years ago because of the free suspension bridge that's there. Sure, it's not as long or as high up as the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, but you don't have to pay to cross the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.
Below is the route I took, starting at the Visitor's Center for the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, then running along the Baden Power Trail until I reached Rice Lake. The return trip took me south of the suspension bridge to the twin falls bridge, before returning to the visitor's center.
This tiny sign points the way to the Baden Powell Trail. Is it really 15 minutes to Dempsey Road? It's only a hair over a half mile away. But it does take about 15 minutes to get there because there's a lot of climbing involved.
Here we start descending downward. It's a bit wet on some spots so I don't rush down these stairs. Seeing that my run here was only two days before a race, I was being careful.
At this point, the trail runs alongside the Lynn Headwaters. The rush of the waters might be loud, but it's also soothing, at least to me. It's nature: pure and unrestrained.
After this point, the climb up starts again, and it keeps going up and up until you reach Dempsey Road. These stairs remind me of the Double Dipsea stairs, though much more tame.
As I climbed these stairs, flashbacks of the Dipsea Stairs at Muir Woods came back to me. The Double Dipsea is just pure pain, but I tackled the stairs here as best I could, knowing that it would be good preparation for the Double Dipsea itself.
The trail reaches Dempsey Road, which is large homes on one side and the forest on the other. But you're only on Dempsey Road for less than a quarter mile before the trail turns into the forest once again. Once across Pipeline Bridge, which is a wooden bridge that crosses over the Lynn Headwaters, you're presented with the following sign.
Several years prior, I went for a run to find Rice Lake. I started where I always start, at the suspension bridge, but because it was winter and there was a lot of snow on the ground, I didn't see this sign and ended up going towards the Lynn Headwaters Connector. It was about two miles before I realized that I'd taken a wrong turn. Not that I was worried as there are people running that morning, despite the snow. I never did reach Rice Lake on that trip. It would be another two years or more before I would return to the area to once again attempt to find my way to Rice Lake.
The trail runs around the perimeter of Rice Lake. But there are nice spots like the one below that give you a glimpse of the lake.
It almost looks like a portal that once you step through will take you to a magical place. Magical, I guess, if you want to get wet! I don't know if the waters are warm or cold. I have yet to dip my hand into it. Perhaps next time.
When I first beheld the sight below, I did a double-take.
It was such a trippy sight! My eyes knew there was a lake there, but my brain was spinning because it looked like that bench was on the edge of a precipice. I'm not used to seeing lake waters so still that you get a picture perfect reflection. The lakes in the San Francisco area are not as calm.
Here's a photo of the lake. The waters are smooth as glass.
Perhaps it's because in such an isolated area, free of city traffic and tall trees to block the winds.
Below is a photo of a fisherman I had the chance to chat with. He'd caught two rainbow trout just before I showed up.
After chatting for a short bit with the fisherman, I moved on and completed my loop of Rice Lake and headed back towards the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. My trip took me down a different path until I reached the 30 Foot Pool.
The green colors in the pool were stunning! It was too green to be a reflection of the trees in the waters, but I'd also never seen algae that green before.
Moving along the trail, I worked my way past the suspension bridge and towardsTwin Falls which has a wooden bridge spanning the waters.
The trail is slightly different on this side of the waters. The below wooden footpaths were built in order to preserve some of the flora and fauna of the area. Too many feet trampling the vegetation in the area.
And finally we reach Twin Falls. It took me a bit to get the below shot just right. I didn't have an ND filter so I really had to close the aperture and lightly drag the shutter.
Below is the bridge where I took the shot from. I intentionally spent some time there because I knew I had a steep climb coming.
Once back up to the parking lot by the visitor's center, I had to, of course, take a photo at my favorite suspension bridge.
Even though I've now taken photos of this trail, I'll never get tired of it. There's so many little things along the way to see and take pictures of. Along the way, there was a memorial and also a relic from earlier in the 20th century. I'll revisit those spots and blog about them on a future visit.
Gear used: Fuji X-T1 and 35mm f/2 prime lens.