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Crossed the river for this one because the footbridge was down. Freezing cold! But worth it. It was a short one mile walk to the beach. Really beautiful view. Would do again. It would be a great trail to run on.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice trail with lots of great views. I wouldn't say it was strenuous though. More moderate, just lots of uphill.

This trail is gorgeous and the falls are a nice payoff. The shaded trail is very well maintained except for several creek crossings that relied on branches and debris to stay dry. I actually enjoyed the crossings but for those who need a stable crossing it would not enjoy. I wish it were a bit longer but enjoyed immensely.

You feel like you never want to leave.

Awesome hike to rejuvenate & get centered.

Beautiful.

hiking
15 days ago

This trail provides exceptional memories every time depending on the season, time of day and, of course, who accompanies you. The bench at the top is gone, however. Four of us did this loop in the rain today (late November) and we did everything wrong! A 7 yr old and a 10 yr old will agree that starting out at 3pm in November in the rain will give one bragging rights of the cold, the rain, the wind, the pitch black darkness, the salemanders, slugs, magical grove shelter and fatigue. They didn't know it is 8.2 miles. I've done this trail a few times and am awestruck by the variety of natural beauty (even in the dark) on this trail, including bobcat, coyotes, deer and a rattle snake.

Awesome hike with the family with beautiful weather

hiking
29 days ago

scenic driving
1 month ago

Did it on a street bike on a long road trip....awesome road.

hiking
1 month ago

WARNING: This Trail is closed as part of Soberanes fire. While Sykes wasn't affected by the fire. There has been reports of people Illegally camping in and having campfires according to the ranger station.

The ranger, said that it'll be closed for a while. Likely to open back up in April.

Absolutely beautiful! One of the best hikes I have ever been on.

The uphill is a bit of a workout !! Mostly shaded and offers a cool overlook of the valley.

This is a pretty trail but when I went it had a lot of trash (be a Good Samaritan and pick some up peeps!!) The waterfall itself was smaller than I expected but it is still worth hiking to. This hike is a a decent uphill until you reach the trail head for the falls where it gets more downhill.