great trail for families. my 4 year old daughter hiked the whole thing without any trouble. Much of the trail has shade and it is well defined all the way up to the waterfall and then a little further up to sunset campground. To get to the waterfall you have to climb down a pretty steep grade but there is a rope you can hold on to while climbing. going down was a bit harder for my youngest two than coming back up. I wouldn't recommend the climb down to the falls for the elderly or really young kids that cannot hold themselves up on a rope yet.
We went all the way up to the sunset campground then back to the falls for the kids to play for a bit before hiking back down. The waterfall is plentiful year round so this is a great hike even for late fall.
Solid 4-star hike.
It was fun. We actually started at the shady Lagoon trail, going through the tunnel and then onward past the reservoir, then over the creek bridge and up the trail. It was super fun, challenging us a few times, but worth it for the view. It was especially rewarding for our 13 year old first time hiker to see Lagoon from the canyon.
I would've say this trail is easy. From parking at hairpin turn lot, the trail is uphill the entire way and is very narrow and often hairy. It is hard to determine which way to start, there's no trailhead sign. There are two trails going uphill, take either, they both lead to the trail. I wouldn't take young children or anyone with unstable footing. The views are gorgeous and I wish we would have made it to final waterfall, but we encountered rattling rattlesnake on trail about 1/4 mile from it and had to turn back. There are lots of fun lizards to spot, but be careful it could be a snake. Be sure to bring water, and hiking poles would've been good to have. FYI there is no cell service anywhere on trail so emergency such as fall or snake bite would be bad.
Annie B. on Farmington Creek Trail
Great for all ages. Easy neighborhood access. Fruit to pick along the way in late summer and Lagoon Zoo visibility year-round.