dogs on leash
Hiked in on October 23. I would like to do this again in the summer. I guess I'm out of shape because this hike was not easy. It kicked my butt but it was well worth it. It took us three hours to get to the Upper Lake and about the same to get out. I agree with everyone about the horse poop and mud.
We went October 10, 2016. The trail was muddy and had some standing water until the last .25 miles. From there it was snow covered. We ascended to the mouth of the wind cave, which was a little difficult since it was snow and ice covered. We slipped a few times but since this was one of our favorite hikes, we wanted to get to the entrance. The waterfall was still present although the amount of water was reduced due to the time of the year. Getting down from the cave to the monument was hard due to the snow and ice.
We have hiked this trail from June to October. I think October is a little late if you want to do some cave exploring. Enjoy.
Nicely signed trail that explains the geology of the area and why the creek is warm all year round. if you want to go for a longer hike you can cross the walking bridge below the parking lot and walk up the river on dirt road. This road intersects the gravel road after a mile or so which you can use to walk back to your car.
I really enjoyed this hike (maybe because I was hiking it with my oldest daughter). The trail is actually about 3.5 miles long if you hike around the crater which I highly recommend since there are informational signs along the way. The signs do a nice job explaining the volcano's eruption and subsequent weathering. The hike up is a bit strenuous but not too bad if you take your time. We hiked it mid morning so it was still fairly cool.
Amber M. on Upper Palisades Lake Trail
Worth doing but maybe pick a week day instead of a weekend. It's no secret by any means and can get crowded. Especially with the horses and, as others have mentioned, the horse poo. :(
Amber M. on Warm River Rail-Trail / Mesa Falls ...
Our family camps at Warm River campground every year. Most beautiful place ever! I have never done the full loop but we mainly just start at the campground and hike (walk) to the railroad tunnel. If you start at the parking lot of the campground it's about 3 miles up and 3 miles down. Beautiful scenery and great easy hike for kids!