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hiking
7 days ago

Not too hard but good stair exercise.

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!

9 days ago

Fun trail!

on Cowles Mountain Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike and an amazing view. Trail can be fairly rocky, narrow and crowded but overall it was worth it. Parking can be a pain as well.

great views of the coast