Welcome to Waterfall Wednesday! I had the advantage to go hike a waterfall today that I’ve never done, which is kinda hard to believe considering I grew about 30 minutes away from it. It’s called Styles or Stiles falls. Spelling depends on which guides or websites you happen to look at. It’s located on the property of Camp Alta Mons which means there are certain times of year that you can’t go because camp is in session. However, their website is really good at keeping that up to date (normally is is closed to the public from 6 pm Sunday through 4:30pm Friday during the summer). Camp Alta Mons is a Methodist ran and owned camp but very pretty & well maintained…well at least the camp is.
The first 3/4 mile or so is from the parking lot to the actual trailhead. You can’t drive right up to the trailhead you have to park at the Camp Post and you’re suppose to sign in to the clipboard that hangs on the post wall. I didn’t see it until after I was driving away so I didn’t…whoops. Anyway…you start at the gravel parking lot you parked in and then you “hike” to the trailhead. It’s on gravel and as long as you follow the signs you’ll be fine. If you want to be extra safe download the camp “map” from their website. The only hard part to navigate is actually getting to the trailhead. Once there the path is super clear.
The day I was there the butterflies were out in full force…as was the sun. Fortunately the path is pretty well shaded after you get to the trailhead. It really is an amazingly quick hike especially to such a gorgeous waterfall. There are about 3 water crossings so if you’re going be ready to get your feet wet. On one part of the trail is a “guard rail”…if you can call it that. PLEASE do not put weight on it…your butt will be flying down into the creek below and it will not be a fun trip. It consist of plastic piping and is held together by garden hoses, electric wiring and…of course…duct tape. I’m really seriously considering putting a fund together to help build a new banister there. It’s definatly needed. It’s a slipperly little slop that I’m sure many people (mainly non-hikers) have trouble with.
Below are the photos from the hike (including the much needed to be repaired banister). I’d tell you more, but…well, really it’s a very short hike so not a lot to tell. Oh it’s a 45 foot waterfall and your trip should be right about 3.5 miles from the car…oh and please people…stop littering!!