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Old Cat. goes up the left side of the falls, and will bring you to the Garden of Eden. Not for the beginner hiker, basically straight up. But it's a cool & a different way to explore the falls. Pups will have a tricky time, but if you help them up they'll make it!
The views at the top were so pretty and made me realize how nice Missouri is. However, the trail isn't that well marked and we went a mile on the north trail instead of being on the loop. Our total distance was 15 miles and it took us 6.3 hours to hike but we did stop and take some breaks. The trail itself is very hard to see in the winter because the leaves are covering everything. But it was a fun trail for beginners that can easily be completed in one day!
This hike is pretty tough. Not a maintained trail by the park service and there are several areas where there are rock falls that have to be picked thru. By the time we got to the tonto cutoff, we were pretty beat. Another mile or so to the campground and was glad to have the pack off. Spent two nights and the day off we had was spent hiking down to the river to see Hermit rapids. Lots of history with this trail and area of the canyon, and with most of the canyon hikes I've done, I am not interested in repeating them. Once is enough for me. These are tough hikes, no way around it. It certainly sees less people that's one thing.
Craggy Gardens to Mt. Pisgah is one of my favorite stretches of the BRP. Located on both sides of Asheville, great hikes include Mt. Pisgah, Craggy Gardens, and Craggy Pinnacle. You also can take a detour to the famous Biltmore Estate or stop for lunch in Asheville, maybe stay in luxury at the Grove Park Inn, or stay at the rustic Pisgah Inn. Lots of hiking and lots to see and do.
Beginning makes you doubt your choice with tough switchbacks, but the middle is magical. We found fresh flowing water nearby both campgrounds, and welcome shade among the trees. The top is barren, high, cold, and windy but it was a nice trip up.
Steven E. on Watson Lake and Flume Trail
This is a beautiful trail. I'm not sure about the mileage accuracy as it took us 4 hours to make the entire loop. Lots of up and down and scrambling over boulders so maybe that's what took so long. We did sit and admire the beautiful scenery for long periods of time too. Overall I'm very glad we walked this trail!
Did this hike on my 50th birthday. The switchbacks to the saddle are nice and long and not real steep. Once above tree line though, the trail was a little hard to find in a few places, and you do get fooled by thinking you're at the top and yet another peak is beyond and higher. We had a beautiful day and there was next to no wind on top. Definitely worth doing.
Billie Jean C. on Angel's Rest on the AT
Parking is very limited, if you park at the entrance behind DQ. I hike often, I run daily and this trail was one of the most difficult trails I have encountered. Very steep incline the entire way. According to my fitbit it was a little over 3 miles up. Views from the top were beautiful.