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.