Emily Barton, 17, of Calimesa, and Morgan Kopitsky, 17, of Yucaipa, walked Monday up to the base of Big Falls in Mill Creek Canyon to "get out of the house," and to enjoy cooler conditions next to vertical sections of the cataract.
Other young men and women from Mentone, Colton, and Santa Ana joined them, as well as families further down the canyon just east of Forest Falls.
"It's a tad cooler up here," Barton said, raising her voice above the sound of the rushing water. "Just a tad."
Afternoon highs in Redlands and Loma Linda were in the 90s, and it was at least 10 degrees cooler Monday afternoon at Big Falls, which is fed by mountain springs and snowmelt from above 10,000 feet elevation.
The Forest Service requires Adventure Passes to park in the lot near Big Falls at the east end of Valley of the Falls Drive. The passes are sold at Elkhorn General Store, 40987 Valley of the Falls Drive in Forest Falls.