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Not too hard but good stair exercise.

This was a great hike! My daughter and I started the 5 peak challenge today and we chose this one to start. It was beautiful! We had to take our shoes off to walk thru the waterfall in the beginning which wasn't hard but the water was nice and cold and she loved it. Such a great thing to share with her. Then we started up and over. The problem we found was that the trails were in many directions and they are very difficult to navigate thru. Lucky for us we found people to help guide us at every turn or we would have been lost. So my only complaint would be that better signage would be great. But the views and trails themselves were in great shape and magnificent! 1/5 done challenge. Next week number 2. My 7 year old is very excited to share her pictures and get her pin.

The park and trails are closed for the foreseeable future due to all the rain. We just popped in and there was a rescue crew and they were preparing to helicopter out a woman that ignored the closure. Not only is it muddy but large trees have been coming down. Please stay safe and follow the rules and guidance of our park professionals. .

Trail entrance was closed. Perhaps due to recent rains.

Great hike and incredible views from the summit, but the crowds make me avoid it. I will say my kids and dogs love it. If you're going, go early or you'll be parking a mile away.

It was a good time, very muddy which made for even more fun. (All this good ole rain we've been needing) You could go the "dry route" but it was on the really wide path away from the greenery! The single trail is much more exciting! Had to walk through some pretty thick mud, and hop a few mud pits and streams, so be sure to wear some waterproof shoes! There was a sign about poison oak on the ground, but not sure we saw any. The view of the waterfall was beautiful! Oh and everyone on their mountain bikes were very courteous- went up and around us without question. Also people with dogs tended to be very aware of other dogs, we were asked twice "are you okay with our dog coming up to your dog" great trail. We took our 11 year old daughter, 9 month old son and Boston dog they loved it!

trail running
2 days ago

There is a trail that was too muddy from recent rains to run on, and there is a paved path/road that all visitors were on. So, it isn't off-road hiking. However, my husband and I went specifically for a run and did not want a lot of elevation changes for this one. This is a great, solid 5 mile run. It was pretty populated on a cool, sunny day, but not so much that we felt crowded in our run. Great for cyclists, especially kiddos. There are port-a-johns at a few points along the loop. It is a beautiful area with a great breeze flowing, shady and sunny spots, depending on what you like. :) Parking lots are not that big, so parking might be difficult. We were able to park in the larger lot without problem.