There's about 600 stairs to climb to get to the top of the falls.
This was a nice looking spot near a creek that many people had used before. It had a fire ring and several logs to sit on. I set up, had dinner and went to bed a bit early. Around 9pm it started raining and didn't stop until around 7am. I hadn't gotten around to sealing the seams on my tent yet so there were a couple spots where water started dripping through. But considering how much it rained that night I stayed very dry. There was a small puddle near my feet and a couple damp spots on the top of my sleeping bag.
The approaching cold front that had brought in all the rain pushed through and the sky cleared up around the time it got dark. It had been fairly cool most of the day and was now getting cold. I had to pull out my warm hat and gloves while I at dinner and actually kept my sleeping bag zipped all the way up all night. I think it was about 40 when I went to bed and pretty windy. The wind stopped during the night and the sun finally came out the next morning! Going out I passed a bunch of day-hikers coming up from the falls heading to Springer. One guy I talked to was training for a hike up Mt Rainier later this year and hopes to do the PCT someday.
For my to-do list prior to hitting the PCT I've got to seam-seal my tent, settle on some shoes (I just wore my old running shoes for this hike) and hammer out an itinerary. I'm confident the gear I've got will get me through a long distance hike. I didn't test my rain coat, but my pack cover and tent ( minus the seams) did wonderfully in the rain. My jacket and hat were plenty warm enough in the low 40's. My sleeping bag may be a bit too warm, but that's better than too cold. Loved the new JetBoil stove. I made some oatmeal, pasta and rice in it. And the water filter setup worked great. Though, thanks to the clouds, the one thing I didn't end up using was my solar panel.