Mellane, Evan, Aviana and my brother Chanse hiked up the Piedra River yesterday and explored the falls around the box canyon. This is a great hike where you need to cross the river several times to reach the pools. I had last visited the area back in 2006 before Mellane and I got married. These falls can be accessed from the campgrounds at the end of Forest Service Road 640.
Below is a video showing me getting ready to jump off the rock walls into two deep pools.
:00 The beginning of the video shows me slipping on the slick rocks and injuring my hand.
:20 One of the three guys fishing the holes advised me to go up barefooted.
:35 Mellane, Evan and Katriel hanging out on the rocks.
:45 Me throwing my sandals to safety.
:56 Me misjudging my slide and sustaining my second injury, this one to my tail end which is very tender this morning.
1:31 Me sliding down into the second pool and checking out the fish underwater.
On the way to the pools we met Pagosa native Jeremaih Steed and his friends who were camping and fishing the pools. Jeremaih thought we were lost because there was no where else to go from there. He was surprised the the box canyon was our destination. “I didn’t think anyone else knew about this spot”, he said. Below is a video of Jeremaih jumping into the lower pool.