One disturbing thing about our trip this time was that another patch of clear-cut has been logged, taking the devastation just that little bit closer to the portal of the Meadows. Of course we are only able to reach there on a day trip because we can drive up to 3000 foot elevation on those logging roads.
From the end of the logging road there is no trail, just a route we know that starts with a steep, nasty climbing sidle through the old growth to climb above the waterfalls issuing from the hanging valley. Devil’s Club in the gulleys and the almost impenetrable willows and alder growing in a steep-sided avalanche chute keep the trip interesting. Nevertheless it is all worth while.
This is privately-owned forest land, but surely the Meadows should be preserved in their natural state rather than trashed to obtain logs for export.
We have continued over the years to visit this beautiful spot as the logging roads creep closer. At our last visit in Fall 2015 the logging road had reached the level to traverse into the hanging valley above the falls but had yet to cross the avalanche chute.