Most people who drive up Highway 9 near Van Zandt notice Hard Scrabble and Sygitowicz Falls coming down off the west side of the valley. I had looked at the topo maps and I was pretty sure there was also a falls or two on Standard Creek, a little south of Hard Scrabble. On Sunday I headed up there and investigated the creek and its very steep, imposing canyon. I found a ton of small falls but no big one. The largest single drop is around 35' tall. The falls are grouped into 3 sections: Standard Falls, Middle Standard Falls, and Lower Standard Falls. The Lower Falls is fairly easy to reach requiring a mile walk along a logging road and then bushwhacking about 500' upstream. This is also the prettiest of all the falls (except maybe the Middle Falls) as the rest are covered with fallen trees. I got above the Middle Falls but never got a good view of it. From what I could tell it is between 25-40' tall and spreads out to 10-15' wide. I forgot my sunglasses that I use as a polarizer so my pictures are not quite as good as I would like. I'm going to head back up in the near future for better pictures of the two tiers of the Lower Falls as well as a picture of the Middle Falls from below. Check the site for new pages in the next couple of days.
Posted by aaronswaterfallworld at 8:47 PM EST