June 18, 2010
The Oh-Be-Joyful Trail is probably the best hike for viewing waterfalls in the area. This creek is a sought after run for kayakers from around the world. Fall after fall is easily viewable from a foot trail that runs right next to the falls all the way up the creek. Once you reach the top of the falls you join up with the Wilderness trail going all the way up to Blue Lake (7 miles up) or Democrat Basin (6 miles). You don’t have to make the whole hike to enjoy the wildflowers, beaver damns and the open Oh-Be-Joyful Valley. Restricted to only hikers and horseback riders this can be a very relaxing hike. This trail head is found a few miles outside of town on Slate River Road.