shoshone falls on the snake river

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Shoshone Falls on the Snake River is higher than Niagara Falls (lower flow though obviously)

Hiking Shoshone Falls Park/ Snake River May 24th, 2015

I stopped in Idaho to visit Shoshone Falls - the Niagara Falls of the West. I got to the park thinking that I would just go view the falls from the standard viewing area. It was flooded with tourists and very hard to enjoy with people pushing each other and trying to get photos all at once. But I got this photo…

Then I went behind the bathroom place and saw a little mud trail. I figured I might as well take it. I followed it and found a trail with makeshift wooden steps. It was quite wet out so things were a bit slippery. When I got to the top of the steps I decided to keep going because I saw a cave. I wanted to get closer to it so I climbed up this mud trail which was probably made by water runoff. It was very hard to climb. I had to pull on the rocks that were stuck in the mud to get to the top. I was a kinda scared. I slid a couple times but eventually I made it to the top.

When I got to the top I was way closer to the cave. I saw a stream and washed the mud off my hands. Then I climbed up the rocks and got to the cave. I went into the cave. I was shocked that I made it up there and that there were no bats waiting for humans. You can tell I was a little scared…

Then I took this photo for my Mom:

I FaceTimed my Mom from up there. She was excited. I jumped down from the cave, landed on my feet, and continued to hike. I wanted to get to the top so I could see an epic view. This was from halfway up…

I kept going…

Then I saw some cool plants…

I kept going…

What a beautiful place. I hiked back down as it started to rain. I made it back down the rock wall and all the trails and I slid down the mud. I got back to my car all out of breath. It was an epic time.

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300 meter wide Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, Idaho.