Great well maintained trail. Mountain bikes, dirt bikes, horses, and dogs on leash are permitted. When i went, all the signage was down. I hiked part of the way with someone from out of town, and when she was jogging back she ended up on the trail to Pineview and went a couple miles before realizing it. Other than that, trails were in good condition, nothing washed out or dangerous, and easy to follow as long as you don't mind going uphill.
My cousin and I came here looking for a 'remote' hike. What we found was a mostly ATV path. We had an old map, no compass and no clue. We were trying to find Crescent Lake, but found a mosquito infested pond instead (after reviewing the map later, we assumed that was probably the 'lake'). We ended up camping by the stream instead (after fleeing from the swarms of mosquitoes). The stream was pleasant and followed the trail for most of the trip. The stream starts with a spring at the base of Doubletop Mountain. We meandered a bit on our way back, still hoping to find a real lake out here - but we went home empty handed.
I kind of like a challenge and 'roughing it' - so this wasn't all that bad. Picky hikers beware. Ultimately it was a 'miserable-funny' trip where we decided to go off the beaten path, and found a few surprises. I won't be doing this one again, but it was fun going somewhere unusual and 'winging' it.
All of that said - this might be a decent ATV location. Plus, this had THE MOST AMAZING field of wild flowers I have ever seen in my life... Every color and what seemed like 100 variety for what seemed like a mile. It got a couple of 'tough dudes' to get all sentimental. That field (at the trail-head) would be reason enough to bring a significant other here, if you lived within an hour drive.
4/5 stars for a little adventure, at least one source of water and a flurry of color.
This cave is pretty awesome and really does exist. I was kind of sceptical at first after reading all of these comments that people were unable to find it. Its really there! We got lost at first and missed an important dirt trail in the beginning which lead us to a lot of huge rocks that were unnecessary to even climb. But on the plus side we did find some other cool caves. After being lost for a while we eventually found the trail and it was easy to make if to the cave. I highly recommend bringing some gloves cause the cave is full of rat droppings. It also smells horrible in there. But its so worth it!! The view is amazing!! I just hate how people (Probably teenagers) tagged some rocks up and then there's so much trash from lazy people. Please take your trash with you and enjoy the beautiful cave!!!
Craig T. on Garner Cave Trail
the hike itself was tough, but the cave was worth it! i don't recommend hiking at 3pm in the middle of the summer. bring a flashlight and gloves (rat excrement). we went about 150 ft into the cave, but stopped because it started to get tight.
we did this trail on Memorial day and do not see a single person. the trail is very steep and a little hard to follow in places, which just makes it feel more like the adventure it is. the first place that has a rope to help you get up something steep is very helpful. The actual cave is only going to be accessible if you are willing to climb 15 feet up the side of a cliff. There is another rope here but my wife and son did not have the upper body strength or courage to make the climb. For those that can't get to that cave there is a smaller cave just 20 feet East of this one that can be looked in.
This trail really isn't too bad. It does get quite steep for parts of it, but as long as you pace yourself it's really not that hard. I'd say this is more of a moderate hike but you do have to climb up some rocky ledges. The main thing with this hike is not to miss the turn off. It can be easily missed if you're not looking for it. When you get up past the creek trickling down the big rock (kind of looks like a water slide) and then hike until you reach the river bed, follow the river bed for a while and watch for a trail on your left. The cave is pretty great, though not a cave for people who are claustrophobic. It requires a short ascent on some pre-installed ropes. I've trusted those ropes for a few years now and they haven't let me down. Overall great hike, definitely one of my favorites.
The GPS shows that the cave is about 0.69 miles from the road as the crow flies. The trail is very direct so the hike in is only 0.71 miles However the trail to the cave is very steep and treacherous and it takes about 2 hours to hike up. The return hike only took 25 minutes. There are several sections where scrambling is required or where ropes have been left to help ascend small cliffs. The cave is high and requires ascending ropes to get to the mouth.
Set out for this trail with 2 great friends and brother. As you enter Brown's Hole the views are breath taking and cause one to pause to just take in what you are seeing. We spent a few hours on this hike and it was worth every minute. Signs of wildlife were every where and we didn't see a single person or horse on this hike. Be warned that at least 1 river crossing is required but the cross point is only about 8" to 12" deep and the river widens at the cross point so the flow is spread out. The day we hiked Browns Hole was in between rain storms so the river was running extra high. We happen to find a downed cottonwood tree up stream and was able to cross without getting wet. Can't wait to come back to this area and explore some more.
This trail is easy to follow and provides some great vistas of Pineview. It does go through the marina and up to the highway one time, so having some type of map to know where the path continues would be helpful. The track is well groomed single track at its smallest point and would be a good bike ride, but I hiked it today.
Hiked this one today with a group of friends. The views from the top were absolutely stunning - it was one of the moments where you're walking along the trail, glance to the side, and stop dead in your tracks. Definitely a place worth visiting. There is a small stream running down the canyon that provides fresh water if you have a filter, and a couple of very muddy ponds close to the path.
This is a short but very nice hike if you love nature. I ended up staying much longer then I had planned because it was so alive with wildlife. The sounds were every where and I saw a fox, nesting Osprey, geese, ducks, marsh birds. Heard frogs and birds and the creek was just beaming with nature. The trail is a bit over grown but not to bad.
I was looking for an easy hike to do with five children ages 3 to 14. This was perfect. It was a beautiful trail, a little bit of wildlife and lots of wild flowers. It was not strenuous and perfect for my new little hikers. I carried my 3 year old in the ergo at her preference, but a 3 year old could have easily hiked it.
We did the wild trail loop and part of the pineview hike. I would like to go back and finish the pineview hike.