hike: base of brandywine falls

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For most people stopping at Brandywine Falls, the three lookouts from the top of the falls are all they’re going to get. Don’t get me wrong, the view from above as the water gushes down into the river leading to Daisy Lake is absolutely breathtaking, and some of my best photos of Brandywine are from above, but there is just something about perching precariously on misted rocks deafened by the sound of booming water as it crashes down a few feet away from you.

Here are my directions to taking the not-so-secret trail to the base of the falls:

At the last lookout over Daisy Lake, take the trail to the left of the fenced off area straight through the forest along the edge of the cliff. You will reach a rocky area, where you carefully make your way down what seems to be like a set of natural steps in the boulder field.

Continue to follow the trail until you come to a dirty, white rope that hangs over a pile of large boulders that you need to carefully climb down.

Follow the fairly obvious tracks across the huge landslide of boulders for quite a distance until the trail makes an obvious turn to the left into the forest.

From here, the trail is very clear and winds its way through the cool forest until it meets the stream and then makes its way up the water until you reach the falls. You will return the same way and when you get back to the top, it’s awe-inspiring to look down again and realize you were just at the bottom of that mass of water.

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*Including photos by Sarah & Devon

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