The Falls are truly amazing & breathtaking, but there is really something magical about the river downstream & the gorge that was carved 12,000 years ago! Perhaps it is being so close to all that raw power! Edward & I started on the upper trail at Devil’s Hole. Seeing the river from above was a great perspective. The colors are an intense deep blue green that startles the eye. The path was fairly level & easy to enjoy the spectacular river below us.
We easily arrived at the Whirlpool Rapids trail that descends into the canyon. Perhaps that was the trouble, we were still exuberant with the beauty & wildness after the masses of humanity at the falls.
At any rate, we descended into the gorge, all 150 steps, realizing that we’d have to get out at some point. Hiking beside the river was a thrill.A lot of the trail was wooded & easy enough, though the ½ mile scramble through boulders & the deep staircases puts it in the challenging group The river roared & tumbled past us at 30 mph. This stretch is a Class 6 rapids & is considered the largest series of standing waves,10-15 ft, in North America. Mind blowing, we did not want to leave. But we had several miles & hundreds of steps to go! We enjoyed & would do it again in a heartbeat. I love that river & look forward to returning. The Canada side has a white water boardwalk that goes out over the rapids! That I have to do!