Flash Back Friday – Winter Hike at Penhook Hollow

The Illinois Bayou, located north of Hector on Highway 27, is a popular stream for floating and fishing.  It’s also a great place to find waterfalls.  On a chilly day in January, we struck out for Penhook Hollow, located north of Hector on Highway 27.

Kurt had read about a series of waterfalls found there, the main attraction being Penhook Falls.  We found the 2.3 mile hike to be fairly easy, following a four wheeler trail for much of it, until we had  head downhill in order to make it closer to the stream….

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……and thus closer to the first waterfall.

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Very breathtaking, we crawled over the slippery cold rocks for a better view!

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Continuing downstream brought us into the heart of Penhook Hollow, and the next waterfall.

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I was feeling pretty confident at this point, but we still hadn’t reached Penhook Falls, which required scaling up a pretty steep hill to reach the bluffline where it finally comes into view…

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Going up steep grades doesn’t really bother me, but, I have to admit that going down them is quite nerve-wracking.  However, the desire to get closer to the falls outweighed my fear.  And besides, it was pretty cold outside, and I needed to keep moving in order to stay warm!

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, it was worth it!

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