I wouldn't necessarily call this hike 'easy', but perhaps that is because my early-forties body needs to get out more often. There are definitely places where it is steep and rocky, which is hard on the knees and toes. It took us about 2 hours round-trip, including about 15 minutes at the falls themselves. Our dog loved it!
We hiked this for the first time 2 days ago. Amazing hike! Steady climb but nothing too steep. We read up a lot on it and went well prepared. Started early, the temp was cool but pleasant. Took a few layers off as the day warmed up. By the upper bowl we were putting some layers back on. There was a fair amount of snow along the ridge line and up to the summit. A storm blew in and the temps changed quickly and drastically at the top. It dropped to below freezing and clouds were too thick to see any view from the tower. Our water bottles started to freeze up. All of our gear was sufficient with the exception of our gloves. I've never had my hands get that cold that fast. We did use our ice cleats for the descent. Overall a fantastic hike! Go prepared for anything! We will definitely tackle it in the spring again. Hopefully we'll get to see the view!
Great hike with beautiful and diverse scenery the whole way up. I haven't been active in years and this took my group about 9 hours (roughly 6 up, 3 down). Even if you're active, it'd be good to plan that amount of time so you can stop to soak up the majesty of this area.
A few words on planning - we went in early October and encountered snow in the rocky area (even though the western side was clear) - this resulted in a few slips resulting in minor cuts/bruises. We also didn't plan our time well which resulted in half of our decent being without lights during a new moon - which resulting in a few more tumbles. I've heard of others having a rough time on this hike as well - in particular unprepared for snow or nightfall during the decent. While I can hardly complain for my own failure to plan, you'd be wise to take precautions!
I hiked this yesterday and let me just tell you- it was the most rewarding feeling to accomplish. My group each brought 2 extra coats and a pair of hand gloves just in case. By the end of the hike we used everything we brought with us. The hike was very snowy once we reached the meadow but we were able to make it through-steep and a little bit muddy in some areas but as we got to the top surprisingly it wasn't too bad. Getting to the shack and seeing the view was worth every minute, make sure you wear a good pair of actual hiking boots on this one.
We started this hike at 1am with a fairly slow group, and got to the peak at 6:40 just before sunrise. It was beautiful! The trail wasn't too bad until you get to the rock field by the saddle (which was rough in the dark even with headlamps). The top was very cold though.