Thanks dpogue for your very clear map and write up. In all the years I've been hiking up in Golden Ears I've never done the one crossing Alder Creek to Hikers Beach. I think as a kid many years ago I did hike from lower falls at least part of the way to the upper and recall it was a steep ledgey sort of terrain. I enjoy the trail from the east canyon to the upper falls but think I will pass on the upper to lower one, sounds sketchy and, being a klutz anyway, I probably would fall off! The upper falls canyon is sure beautiful though.
Trick's map posted above is interesting too. (Thanks Trick!). It shows another route from Hikers Beach to Golden Ears, eventually joining up with the route from Alder flats campground. Are you familiar with this one?