For the average hiker, cyclist, snowshoer, and skier, the Cassette rapids provide some dramatic whitewater vistas, though they appear from shore to be less-impressive than the Pelican rapids. Kayakers will beg to differ, however. The proof is in the vegetation.
Due in large part to the spray generated by these rapids, and the resulting humidity, the trees along this part of the river are enormous compared to their counterparts downstream. In the winter, when everything else is frozen solid, this steam creates stunning winter scenery as the trees become covered in hoar-frost several inches thick.
If you can brave the winter weather, this hike provides some visual treats, especially in the months of February and March, after the hoar-frost has had a chance to accumulate on the trees.
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