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Great trail! Biked 10 miles on a crisp October morning. Started from the Trail Head park in Council Bluffs. The trail head has a parking lot and facilities. With parking - the early bird gets the worm. I parked at about 8 am with plenty of spots still available. 1.5 hrs later the lot was full. Also the trail was getting busy with runners and bikers as the morning progressed.
Had a great weekend at yellow river. We hiked about 15 mi Saturday and only saw one other person out trail running the whole time and the weather was fantastic. We did see a few horse riders. The trails are very easy most are set up for horses. The Bluff view trail had gret views of the river and big paint camp ground. There was alot of water in the streams we forded the river twice in almost knee deep fast moving water which was fun. Camp ground was nice and well kept. Primitive toilets and no running water, not a problem for us but thought other might want to know.
I honestly had more fun hiking down on the roads through Ledges rather than the hiking trails. In fact, my wife and I found it more fun to head up the creeks a bit and make our own path rather than follow the official trails that just sort of winded up through a forest.
For instance, when climbing up the Crows Nest, which we assumed was sort of an overlook, we didn't really feel like we were overlooking anything but a hillside and initially walked right by the wooden Crows Nest deck thinking it was just part of the steps up the hillside.
Granted, we've done some amazing scenic hikes in Hawaii's Napali Coast and Colorado's Rocky Mountains so coming back and doing this was probably a bit underwhelming, but that's not to say it isn't pretty.
I think as the leaves falls the views open up a bit, there is probably quite a bit to see.
This trail is short, has lot to see with the falls and overlooks and it is less traveled. On the north end of the look their is an unofficial trail that continues north for a short distance to another overlook and on down to the valley floor if you want to pursue.