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Great hike with beautiful views at the top. We took the John Rock trail off the Cat Gap trail and the views were amazing!! It took us about 3 hours with a toddler and we stopped for lunch at the big rock. Lots of creeks and streams to cross...a little muddy in some areas. We saw lots of dogs. Trail is pretty well groomed. Well worth it!!
Awesome trail; exactly what I want when hiking. It is a bit strenuous going up to the lookout, but my 10 and 12 year old made it no problem. Lots of rocks and roots; definitely want good hiking shoes as that presents lots of opportunities for twisted ankles. The view at the top is amazing and so worth the hike up. Make sure you pack a warmer jacket. The further up you get the colder it gets and it is quite breezy at the top. We got rained on, so we were freezing by the time we got up, which didn't really allow us to enjoy the view as much as we had hoped for.
Heads up! Looking Glass Falls is not along this trail! It is a little further up the road, right on the road, actually.
My wife and I backpacked this loop in January. We added John Rock in as well, and that is well worth it - great views of the hatchery and Looking Glass Rock. I highly recommend going clockwise as it will give you steadier inclines. Cedar Rock gives you some nice rockface views - this is also marks your last major incline. Camp out at the A-frame Butter Gap shelter or keep going - there are literally dozens of campsites along the trail. However, most water sources are on the west end of the trail, along with a couple great waterfalls. The last 3 miles are a smooth descent with the sound of running water as you go.