Damien H. on Oak Grove Trail
I've done this trail two times now and it has quickly become one of my favorite hikes in the area. It's 6 miles in and out (Nov 2016) to the ridge with a total ascent of 3470'. The high point of the ridge is at 9870'. No major obstacles but a couple sections up top with loose rock and exposure. Just take your time. After reaching the ridge, climb the rocks to the left of the ridge for an incredible 200 degree view. Start early, bring lots of water and snacks, get back before its dark. The upper section of the trail can be tricky to follow sometimes. Wear long pants and long shirt as the brush will scratch you up pretty good. You can drive to the trail head in a regular car. Hiked this trail to signal peak in September 2016 and to the ridge in Nov 2016.
Navajo loop trail is an awesome ride. Not very technical, for someone who hasn't ridden much in the last few years. Well maintained trail. Exercise caution through the lava beds because fishtailing might lead to an unfortunate encounter with a lava rock. (Just a scrape and it was totally my mistake. )
I would recommend this to anyone.
I hiked this over the weekend for the first time and loved it. We were the only ones on the trail and were met by a few people once we arrived at the falls. The water was pretty cold but it was perfect with the 100 degree weather we were facing. Getting there was easy, basically all downhill on smooth rocks with few sandy/rocky areas. If you are hiking this in the summer, remember that going back up is entirely uphill with some very steep sections. In the 100 degree weather, the hike back was less than enjoyable. Make sure to bring plenty of water - you'll need it!
This was a fun hike. The trail is actually only 0.6 miles one way, so just over 1 mile in to the falls and back. There are some steep edges in parts so you may want to hold younger children's hands, but they can easily maneuver the trail. Beautiful scenery along the way! Be sure to take pics! The waterfall is nice and large at the end of the trail, and you get to look over it from the top/side. Enjoy!!! :)