We strongly encourage visitors to find a walking stick or bring their own to use as a third point of support when hiking up the creek. The step-like cascades that occur throughout the Gulch appear deceptively easy to negotiate. What you cannot see in this photo is the slick coating of algae that covers all the rocks in the stream. A hiker can easily slip and fall at any point after entering the water. In winter this scene would be covered in ice and snow. Warm, waterproof boots are an absolute necessity in cold weather in case you break through the ice. The stream does not freeze solid in winter; water continues to flow under the ice.
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