Okay, here we go... It starts out with a hike through the trees. Mind you, it was foggy. I think that really lent it to being such a memorable and awe-inspiring trip, but it might make it hard to spot things (so I put in plenty of scans).
We see a waterfall way up on the rocks. Looks more vertical from afar, but it turns out we zig-zag our way up there and actually cross said waterfall! It's at this point where the dense forrest gives way to the rocky mountainous growth displacing the trees. Looking down it's almost a 45-degree grade (which is just frickin' sweet, lemmetellya!) and you can see all the trees you just emerged from.
There are damaged timbers from past fires but also from man's efforts. I don't recall if it was logging or mining, but there are leftover contraptions from the early part of the last century. It was some sort of elevator to raise and lower the wood or the gold (I don't recall which). Group snapshot is in front of the remnants of one of these (that's me perched on a rock in the front left with scarf around neck, the grin is genuine). Later we pass it again on the way down and I snap a pic of one of the other leftover wooden frames and wires draping down the rocks.
At the top of the climb there's a plateau. This is where the waterfall came from! It feeds in from this pool/lake. I think it's a giant flat lake but then right out of an epic movie the fog parts magically revealing a nearly vertical summit literally < 100 feet away on the other side of the water/basin/pool.
I also snagged some shots near the area we took our lunch break: that drop is pretty close to where we sat to eat.
All in all just a stupendous outing, for me.